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Q: Why do universities maintain math departments? 
A: It's cheaper than institutionalizing the math faculty. 

— Joke told by mathematicians 


he notion that some human gifts are trapdoors to 
lunacy has a pedigree tracing back at least to Plato's 
observation that madness attended love, ecstasy, poet- 
ry, and prophecy. Down the centuries, as Western civilization 
organized itself upon grounds of kingdom, coin, and statute, 
prophets and persons who danced until they dropped became 
something of a nuisance, subject to arrest and worse, and by the 
time Shakespeare turned to consideration of god-struck human 
behaviors, only "the lover, and the poet" remained "of imagina- 
tion compact" with "the lunatic." 

The connection between artists and mania holds firmly in 
the human imagination, though beginning in the 1 9th century, 
as men and woman began to suspect that the Baconian notion 
of science as a supplier of goodness was not the whole story, 
the ingenious use of logic fell under the same suspicions. 

The masters of intuition were the first to sense this, of 
course, producing doctors Frankenstein, Jekyll, and Moriarty in 
rapid order. But the real world wasn't far behind, soon serving 
up Thorstein Veblen, the notoriously unclubbable but brilliant 
economic theorist who gave each of his students an unvary- 
ing grade of "C"; Albert Einstein, with his great child's eyes, 
struck-by-lightning hairdo, and impenetrable "theories"; and 
the depressive philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, as unreliable 
in his life as he was incomprehensible in his work — "Don't 
worry, I know you'll never understand it," he assured two of 
his academic advisors regarding his doctoral thesis. (They hap- 
pened to be Bertrand Russell and G.E. Moore.) 

Of all the disciplines that run on high-octane reason, how- 
ever, none became more associated with unquiet minds than 
mathematics, so that by 1925, the philosopher Alfred North 
Whitehead, who knew whereof he spoke (he had coauthored 
Principia Mathematica with Russell in 1910-13), was able 
to write, "Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a 
divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading 
urgency of contingent happenings" — or, as most of the rest of 
us would say, from life. 

Whitehead would most certainly have had in mind the 
manic, rage-prone Isaac Newton and the nomadic scholar and 
(likely) manic-depressive Rene Descartes. But he could also 
have been thinking of contemporaries such as Georg Cantor, 

the inventor of set theory, who believed that he was on earth to 
represent God in the field of mathematics; or the melancholic 
isolate and eventual suicide Ludwig Boltzmann, who developed 
critical proofs for the existence of molecules and atoms. 

Whitehead's thesis has since been powerfully reinforced 
by Kurt Godel (1906-78), whose work I frankly don't know 
how to understand or explain here, but who, I understand well, 
starved himself to death for fear that the food being served to 
him in his home in Princeton, New Jersey, was poisoned by his 
enemies; or Alan Turing (1912-54), probably the most bril- 
liant Allied code-breaker of World War II and a progenitor of 
computer science, whose food was in fact poisoned, though it 
was he who sprinkled the cyanide. And then there's the peri- 
patetic Paul Erdos (1913-96) who spent decades living out 
of a suitcase in borrowed spare bedrooms in mathematicians' 
homes around the world while collaborating with his hosts on 
hundreds of papers. 

In 2007, Cantor, Boltzmann, Godel, and Turing were sub- 
jects of a rather breathless BBC documentary titled Dangerous 
Knowledge, which intimated that pure mathematics is to intel- 
lectual pursuit what bomb squad duty is to police work: a spe- 
cialty that draws those who are already nuts, and makes head- 
cases of the rest. A similar view has been delivered by three 
American movies: A Beautiful Mind (2001), the loose biogra- 
phy of schizophrenic Nobelist John Nash; Good Will Hunting 
( 1 997), in which Matt Damon portrays a volatile working-class 
prodigy; and then Pi (1998), a movie about a young, brilliant 
mathematician who escapes from a hell of calculation into hap- 
piness by trepanning his brain with a hand drill. 

Theories as to why great mathematicians tend to be bonkers 
are in similar good supply and include the conjecture that gifts 
for math and mania are inexorably linked in the brain's wiring. 
Mathematicians, so far as I've been able to find, have not gone 
out of their way to refute this claim, nor to protest the portrayal 
of their profession as unbearably difficult and dangerous. Is 
this further proof of their loopy indifference to "contingent 
happenings"? Maybe not. Rationalists at the core, mathemati- 
cians may well have figured out that every movie or theory of 
mental illness that portrays their profession as Everest-scaling 
only turns sharp young people from intended careers as poets 
or lead guitarists and toward the struggle to master the mad- 
deningly complex orders of abstraction on which the universe 
floats like a bubble on a pond. 

Our story on Paul Sally's efforts to accrue mathematicians 
begins on page 16. — ben birnbaum 



VOL.70 NO. 2 SPRING 20I0 

From "Dead Right," pg. 26 



How to make a mathematician 
By William Bole 


In America, the living aren't always in charge 
By Ray Madoff 


The questionnaire 

Photographs by Gary Wayne Gilbert 

cover photograph: By Jim Prisching 

u 2 Letters 

45 End 

4 Linden 


Credit John Hancock's 


gout • How Michelle 
Obama helped me 

Campus digest • A 
course in bookkeeping 
• Medicine, faith, and 
the law • From the 

through my quarter-life 
crisis and put American 
women in cardigans 
• In the winter when I 

laboratories • Students 

didn t leave 

create their own exams 

• The political David • 
The life of a mascot 

50 Class 

• Wings 


40 G21 


Old-time religion for 

80 Inquiring 

these times • Seeing into 

When the boss becomes 

the middle of things 

Robin Hood 

81 Works 

Television writer 
Oliver Grigsby '04 





Kinderkreuzzug (Children's Crusade) dress rehearsal, 
audio slideshow (pg. 5) • "A Matter of Conscience: 
Religious Exemptions and the Health Care Debate," 
panel video (pg. 7) • Baldwin works the Duke 
basketball game, in "Superfan," a Boston College 
Video Minute (pg. 14) • "Death Grip," a One 
Question video interview with Ray Madoff (pg. 26) 
• "Do Over," a One Question video interview with 
Thomas H. Groome (pg. 40) • Ron Hansen's talk on 
"Seeing," from the C21 series "The Art of Believing," 
in video (pg. 42) • Mary Tomer's talk on Mrs. O, in 
video (pg. 48) • Greater Boston Intercollegiate 
Undergraduate Poetry Festival, in video (pg. 49) • 
"Disobedience," a One Question video interview with 
Lisa Dodson (pg. 80) • reader's list: Books by alumni, 
faculty, and staff • headliners: Alumni in the news 




Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Thomas Cooper 


Christine Hagg 


Keith Ake 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Tim Czerwienski '06 


William Bole 


Ravi Jain, Miles Benson 

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As an alumna of Boston College's school 
of nursing, I was delighted to see Amy 
Sutherland's article "Rookies" (Winter 
2010) on the realities of being a nursing 
student in today's health care environ- 
ment. I've always considered being a nurse 
a privilege and after 38 years of practice 
still love what I do. Not everyone has the 
right to assist human beings at their most 
vulnerable. Every day I know that my col- 
leagues and I have made a meaningful dif- 
ference in somebody's life. 

So, you can see why I was dismayed 
when in the same issue I read the prologue 
entitled "The Shadow" by Ben Birnbaum 
portraying Florence Nightingale as "strate- 
gically manipulative" ("she signed herself 
'deputy inspector of hospitals,' a pure 
invention"), among other descriptors. 
Although never holding a formal position 
in government, Nightingale was a formi- 
dable influence on society's health, first 
in England and Europe, today throughout 
the world. Without data, there can be 
no analysis, and Florence's attempt to 
make order out of chaos is evident in her 
book Notes on Nursing. 

The Connell School of Nursing sets its 
students on the journey to being nurses 
and not merely technicians, toward taking 
care of the whole person and utilizing criti- 
cal thinking skills. It's an art. I am proud 
the tradition continues. 

Cecilia McVey 72 

Millis, Masschusetts 

Great article! Overall, being a nursing 
student at BC was more challenging for 
me than law school later was. After a 
1 0-plus-hour clinical, I usually grabbed a 
chicken sandwich at Lower before hitting 
the books to prepare for the next morn- 
ing's quiz or exam. Sleeping five hours a 
night Monday-Friday during my junior 
and senior year was definitely not because I 
spent too much time at Mary Ann's. 

Now that I teach a nursing class, I real- 
ize how devoted our clinical instructors 
were to their students and patients — to 

those patients we cared for and those we 
would encounter in the future. 

Kathleen M. Kearney '00 

Dallas, Texas 

How fortunate the BC nursing students 
are to have Stacey Barone as their teacher. 

Ellen Norton, P '13 

Norwood, Massachusetts 

It was wonderful to see an article on the 
CSON experience. As a graduate practic- 
ing in an ICU setting, the student nurse 
years still come back to me. Giving my 
first bed bath to a patient who apparently 
died during her bed bath — it went uphill 
from there! After 45 years in nursing, I 
love if and know we make a huge differ- 
ence to our patients. 

Eileen McLaughlin '64,P'88, '93, '97 

Georgetown, Massachusetts 

Nursing is a newly discovered profession 
for men, and I am sorry I did not know 
about it earlier in life. At age 83, 1 volun- 
teer one day a week as a nurse in the 
Salvation Army retirement home, with 
my wife who is 73. 

Gilbert L.Wells, JD'58 

Colares, Portugal 


How wonderful it was to see Bobbie 
Hanvey's photographs ("Homefire") in 
the Spring issue. I've had a great time 
exploring the rest of the collection avail- 
able online. I'm currently working on an 
MA degree at Queen's University Belfast, 
and will be starting my Ph.D. there in 
September. Northern Ireland is more than 
a province scarred by wars and bombs; it 
is also an amazing center for artistic life 
and a melting pot of cultures and tradi- 
tions. Hanvey captures its unique essence. 

Megan Minogue '07 

Belfast, Northern Ireland 


To Matthew Morris '09, author of "Ten 
Sleep, Wyoming" (Fall 2009): I gradu- 


ated from Boston College in 1948, and 
received an MBA from Harvard Business 
School in L950. (My father, Fred E. 
Maguire, Sr., was the baseball coach at BC 
from the late 1 930s through the 1 940s.) 
1 now live in Casper, Wyoming, and have 
been through Ten Sleep many times. My 
family and 1 have hunted deer and fished 
about 30 miles south of there since 1977. 
It is truly gorgeous country. 

Fred E. Maguire '48 

Casper, Wyoming 


In the Fall 2009 BCM, the cuneiform 
tablet on page 44 (shown with other antiq- 
uities from the Burns Library) is upside 
down. This is a common display mistake. 
Unlike our writing system, in which we 
justify script along an underline, the 
Sumero- Akkadian cuneiform script was 
kept orderlv by suspending the signs from 
an "overline." It was, however, written 
from left to right, like our own script. 

Jeff Cooley 

Boston College 

The writer is assistant professor of Old 
Testametit in the department oj theology. 
Below is the tablet, ready for reading. 


As a former auditor in both the military 
and industry, I was intrigued by the story 
in the Fall 2009 issue "The Man Who 
Knew Too Much," by Dave Denison. 

Harry Markopolos was not an auditor or 
an accountant, but an extra sharp financial 

Joe Carroll '53 

Framingham, Massachusetts 


Re "Drug of Choice" by Gene M. Heyman 
(Fall 2009): I am a recovering alcoholic 
and addict, have an MS in substance abuse 
counseling, board certification in interven- 
tion, and a resume that, according to the 
courts, makes me an expert on addiction. 

It is easy to blame one's genes for this 
disease, but having the gene only predis- 
poses you to addiction. Social acceptance 
of use and the widespread availability of 
legal and illegal drugs, including alcohol, 
have resulted in many people without a 
family history being equally vulnerable to 
addiction. Oxycontin, for instance, doesn't 
require you to have a family history of 
addiction to make you dependent on it. 
Everyone who takes a drug of this sort will 
become physically addicted in time. 

We have one death every 28 hours in 
Palm Beach County from prescription 
medications alone; this does not include 
alcohol, heroin, or cocaine. These drugs 
don't care if you have the gene. Knowing 
more about the physiological aspects of 
addiction is helpful in prevention. 

Michael E. Walsh '85 

West Palm Beach, Florida 


The passing of Thomas P. O'Malley, Sj, on 
November 4, 2009, got me in the gut. 

I met Fr. O'Malley on the steps outside 
St. Joseph's Chapel early one morning in 
my first week as a freshman, September 
1 972. He asked me where I was from, 
what I was studying, and lit up when I told 
him I was a theology major (he was then 
department chair; I don't believe we had 
more than 30 majors). Without hesitation, 
he instructed me to come to his office later 
that day to discuss my academic program. 

The first thing I remember him asking 
me in his office was whether I was in the 
Honors Program. I responded with some- 
thing like: "What is that?" 

Well, Fr. O'Malley was not one to 
stand by when one of "his" majors was not 
invited to the Honors Program. He picked 
up the phone and called Al Folkard, then 

director of the program, and said he was 
sending me over to Gasson Hall. Professor 
Folkard must have said something Fr. 
O'Malley liked, because he smiled his 
trademark wide smile. "Go see Folkard, 
he'll take care of this," he said to me. 


Sherborn, Massachusetts 

Editor's note: On March 1, 2010, as BCM 
was coming off the presses, the Supreme 
Court announced it would not, after all, be 
providing a decision in the case of the Uighur 
men detained at Guantanamo Bay, for which 
law professor Daniel Kanstroom had submit- 
ted an amid curiae brief endorsed by 67 immi- 
gration and constitutional law professors. (See 
"Prior Knowledge," Winter 2010.) The Court 
noted that since the Uighurs had brought suit, 
"each of the detainees at issue in this case has 
received at least one offer of resettlement in 

another country No court has yet ruled 

in this case in light of the new facts, and we 
decline to be the first to do so. " According to 
Professor Kanstroom, "the Court's riding is 
understandable in light of new facts." How- 
ever, he continues, "these issues will recur, and 
it is unfortunate that the Court has declined 
for now to resolve these very compelling and 
fundamental questions while allowing the 
government to continue to detain people at 
Guantanamo Bay who present no threat to 
U. S. national security. This case is about the 
fundamental limits placed by law on Ex- 
ecutive power to imprison people for long 
periods of time on government-controlled ter- 
ritory. The Court's delayed resolution leaves 
the legal regime dangerously unclear." 

Corrections: "Life Plan" (Winter 2010) 
contained reporting errors derived from an 
inaccurate third-party account ofLanden 
Williams's conversation with Portico students. 
The corrected article, which deletes comments 
attributed to Mr. Williams that BCM has 
determined were not made by Mr. Williams, 
may be found at www.bcedujbcm. 

Also, in "Homefire" (Winter 2010), the 
cause of the fire shown on page 38 is, in fact, 

BCM welcomes letters from readers. Letters 
may be edited for length and clarity, and 
must be signed to be published. Our fax 
number is (617) 552-2441; our e-mail 
address is 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 




6 The conservator's 


A course in bookkeeping 

7 Clashes of conscience 

Medicine, faith, and the law 

10 Advances 

From the laboratories 

11 The finals frontier 

Students create their own 

12 Powerbroker 

The political David 

14 Q&A: Being Baldwin 

The life of a mascot 

15 Close-up 






Joseph Appleyard, SJ, '53, who's spent 
the past 43 years as a faculty member and 
administrator, most recently as vice presi- 
dent for mission and ministry, will leave 
in July to join the New England Jesuit 
Province under the enviable and vener- 
able title "socius, consultor, admonitor," 
which translates to being an advisor to the 
province's leader. )K "Pontiff is named 
to Cleary Chair," a Boston College press 
release announced. Disappointingly to 
some, it referred to Jeffrey Pontiff, an 
expert in finance, who has become the 
James F. Cleary Professor. )K Theologian 
James Keenan, SJ, was appointed to direct 
the Presidential Scholars program, suc- 
ceeding Dennis Sardella, a chemist; also, 
professor Arthur Madigan, SJ, was named 
to direct the core curriculum, succeed- 
ing fellow philosopher Richard Cobb- 
Stevens. )K Ben Kimmerle '10 raised 
$780 for the University's service trip to 
Jamaica by sitting out on the Dustbowl 
and charging passersby a minimum of 
$10 to cut off one of 73 dreadlocks he'd 
styled into his hair. $ This spring's U.S. 
News rankings of graduate programs 
saw the Lynch School take 1 9th place in 
the nation, the Carroll School take 39th 
for its full-time programs (20th for part- 
time), and the Law School 28th. The agate 
type featured the University's organic 
chemistry specialty at 16, and the Lynch 
School's elementary education and student 
counseling and personnel programs at 1 2 
and 20 in their respective fields. Adding 

confusion to the rankings data was the col- 
lision this spring between website Daily 
Beast findings that Boston College was the 
20th "happiest" campus in the country, 
as well as the 25th "most stressful" for 
students. )K The Lynch School's Center 
for Catholic Education was named after 
Patrick '51 and Barbara Roche in gratitude 
for their $20 million gift to the center. 
)X In response to a classroom shortage, 
faculty scheduled 60 courses at 8 a.m. 
this year, compared with 30 last year. )K 
The University's operating budget for the 
2010-1 1 academic year was set by trustees 
at $807 million and includes $79 million 
in undergraduate financial aid and $128 
million in overall student aid. Tuition 
was set at $39,880. )fc Steve Donahue, 
late of Cornell, replaced Al Skinner as 
head men's basketball coach, bringing 
sports blogs to flood stage with hopes for 
a "more wide open" style of play. And 
while all eyes were fixed on an ice hockey 
rink in Detroit, the women's lacrosse team 
achieved its first ever top-20 ranking, 
at 19. )K Among the musicians Digest 
never heard of who performed on campus 
this semester were Ryan Cabrera, Girl 
Talk, and the Fray. $ A Heights listing of 
"top places to go on a date" included the 
Boston Public Library, Star Market, and 
the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. )}( A sus- 
tained period of heavy rain in late March 
brought the facilities crewmore than 200 
complaints of leaking roofs and base- 
ments, and at one point forced the closing 


coaching — Kinderkreuzzug (Children's Crusade), a cantata composed by assistant music professor Ralf Cawlick, had its premiere in St. Ignatius Church 
on Saturday, April 10. Based on an antiwar poem by German writer Bertolt Brecht, the narrative recounts the odyssey of 50 orphaned Polish children 
who leave their homeland in search of sanctuary. The piece was sung by youth choirs from Germany, New England, and Boston. Shown at the dress 
rehearsal are (foreground) Gawlick and Valerie J. Becker, director. (@ An audio slideshow of the rehearsal can be found at Full Story, 

of Campanella Way and the ground level 
of the Beacon Street garage. \V Taking 
advantage of dramatic declines in con- 
struction costs, the University determined 
to complete the renovation of Gasson 
Hall that it began with the deconstruction 
and reconstruction of the tower two years 
ago. The building will be closed during the 
2010-1 1 academic year and residence hall 
lounges and campus conference rooms 
will be put to use as classrooms. According 
to the Heights April Fools' edition, the 
Cleveland Circle seminar hall known as 
Roggie's Brew and Grille has offered to 
help the University by offering special 
"trivia nights" for course credit. In other 
local restaurant news, Cleveland Circle's 
Eagle's Deli went upscale, clean, and well- 
lighted under new ownership (discarding 
its BC memorabilia in the process), while 

in the Campus Convenience mall, El Pelon 
Taqueria replaced College Sub, and Crazy 
Dough's Pizza will soon occupy the site of 
French Press. ^ A record 3,500 audience 
members attended this year's AHANA 
Leadership Council Showdown dance 
competition, in Conte Forum, while 350 
facsimiles of characters from the Harry 
Potter saga filled O'Connell House for 
this year's Middlemarch Dance. W The 
University will replace card swipe entry 
with a manned security desk on weekends 
in Walsh Hall next year. \V Boston coun- 
cilman Michael Ross spoke to members of 
the UGBC Senate on why he was advanc- 
ing the so-called No More Than Four 
ordinance, which prohibits more than four 
undergraduates from living together in a 
single-family unit. $ Inconsequence 
of an energy consumption competition 

among residence halls, 133,793 kilowatt- 
hours were saved between February 
land March 15. AV Dining Services 
launched a "build your own" macaroni 
and cheese station, rotating among Lower 
Live, Carney Dining Room, and Stuart 
Dining Hall. ^ Three Eagles won med- 
als at the Vancouver games: seniors Kelli 
Stack and Molly Schaus took silver in 
women's ice hockey, and Brooks Orpik 
'01 accomplished the same for the men's 
team. W Associate professor Catherine 
Cornille was elected bv faculty as the first 

J J 

female chair of the theology department. 
\V Denise Pantano Williams, who over 
the course of 47 years served as an aide 
and advisor to four Boston College presi- 
dents — Walsh, Joyce, Monan, and Leahy- 
retired in January, taking her secrets 
with her. — Ben Birnbaum 

photograph: Justin Knight 



Hebard and Kuhn, box building 

The conservator's 

By fane Whitehead 

A course in bookkeeping 


n old book bound in hog hide is 
more likely to be from Germany 
than from England because the English 
liked their pigskin fried as a crunchy snack. 
In the 1 6th century, books were stored 
flat, with their titles written not along 
the spine but across the fore-edge of the , 
closed pages. French bookbinders pared 
their leather so thin that the bindings they 
made are more fragile than those of their 
northern counterparts. 

These are essential facts to Barbara 
Adams Hebard, the Burns Library con- 
servator. Hebard came to Boston College 
in January 2009 after almost 20 years 
as book conservator at the Boston Athe- 
naeum. Trained in bookbinding at 
Boston's North Bennet Street School by 
former Burns conservator Mark Esser, 
she is mistress of methods and materials 
spanning more than five centuries. 

"It's a little scary how much you're sup- 
posed to know, from chemistry to art his- 
tory," admits Hebard, who studied English 
in college but has since taken courses in 
"Pest, Insect, and Fungus Management," 
"Medieval Pigments," and "Chemistry for 
Conservators." In her 300-square-foot 
basement lab in Burns there are cases of 
lead type; wood-handled brass punches 
for lettering spines and covers; a 1 9th- 
century cast-iron shear with a blade five 
feet long for cutting cardboard and paper 
used in conservation work; a bright yel- 
low storage cabinet for toxic cleaning 
chemicals; and a fume hood above a large 
shallow sink, to draw off noxious vapors 
during treatments. 

Hebard is responsible for the con- 
servation of around 250,00 rare books, 
in addition to 16 million archived items: 
maps, prints, and photographs, and reli- 

gious objects from the Liturgy and Life 
Collection of pre-Vatican II artifacts, 
which includes scapulars, rosaries, and 
crucifixes. A more recent addition to her 
conservation responsibilities is the prepa- 
ration of items for the Burns Library's 
digitization project, which will make some 
of the library's rarest treasures available 
online to a worldwide scholarly audience. 

Fortunately, since 1 994 Bookbuilders 
of Boston — an association of publish- 
ers, printers, and artists committed to 
the fine art of bookmaking — has funded 
internships at Boston College to help with 
this kind of work. For the 2010 spring 
semester, Hebard wanted an intern with 
experience in the field. "To do this work, 
you really need some hand skills," she 
says. "I need someone who can turn out a 
finished product." Andrew Kuhn, a first- 
year doctoral candidate in Irish literature 
from Hays, Kansas, worked in the library 
as a reading room research assistant. An 
enthusiastic amateur printer and callig- 
rapher, with a research focus on private 
printing presses in early 20th-century 
Ireland, he had firsthand knowledge of 
bookmaking crafts. 

"I always wanted the opportunity to 
work down here," said Kuhn, on a January 
afternoon when he was in Hebard's lab 
preparing one of a set of nine rare 19th- 
century Italian genealogical volumes for 
digitization. He was carefully extracting 
sheets of paper that the artisan printer had 
interleaved to protect the surfaces of the 
book's lithographs and engravings. "By 
removing these, you're actually protect- 
ing the work," he said, pointing out areas 
where the acid in the interleaving sheets 
had stained the finely colored renderings 
of coats of arms. 

The books are among the first Burns 
objects to be scanned for digitization. 
Other items that Hebard has recently 
cleaned and repaired for their Internet 
debut include an early unpublished play by 
William Butler Yeats, "Love and Death," 
preserved in five manuscript notebooks, 
and a Victorian pamphlet detailing ill- 
nesses caused by the Irish Potato Famine 
of 1845-49. 

During the internship, Kuhn has also 
had tutorials with Burns librarian Robert 
O'Neill on the history of the book; ses- 
sions with David Horn, head of archives 


photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

and manuscripts, on cataloging archival 
materials (a current project involves 
inventorying letters, poetry, books, and 
ephemera from Irish author John Dean); 
and stints as a reference librarian in the 
Burns Reading Room. 

Before working with Hebard, Kuhn, 
who majored in English and political sci- 
ence at Creighton University in Omaha, 
Nebraska, and earned a master's in 
English from the University of Kansas, 
assumed that the archival storage boxes 
used to protect rare books were pro- 
duced in factories. Now he knows that 
each one is custom-made, having cut the 
boards himself using the shear, with its 
long curved counterweighted blade, and 
covered the finished boxes in buckram, a 
cotton fabric stiffened with glue. He also 
knows that grimy vellum bindings are 
best cleaned with soft erasers ground to 
coarse crumbs with a cheese grater and 
then rubbed in a circular motion beneath 
another, intact, eraser. 


Hebard donned white protective suits at 
the Boston College Integrated Science 
Clean Room and Nanofabrication 
Facility on the Newton Campus. In the 
hyperclean laboratory, primarily used for 
research in micro- and nanotechnology, 
Greg McMahon, a research associate in 
nanofabrication and imaging, used a state- 
of-the-art scanning electron microscope 
to reveal structural differences between 
calfskin and goatskin, two common book- 
binding materials. The aim, said Hebard, 
was to give Kuhn a flavor of the scientific 
side of conservation and, at a practical 
level, to show the minute pore pattern that 
makes calfskin more appropriate than the 
coarser goatskin for fine-tooled finishes. 

Back at the Burns Library, in the 
Trustees' Room on the third floor, Hebard 
and Kuhn inspected large volumes from 
Boston College's notable collection of 
Jesuit texts, stored there in caged shelves. 
With former Bookbuilder intern Mike 
Pesce '09, Hebard had surface-cleaned 
every one of the room's 1,107 books in 
July 2009, noting volumes in need of 
repair and those with outstanding illus- 
trations. The Jesuit material represents 
some of the finest work from the great 
European presses of the late 1500s to 

1 773, when the Order was suppressed 
throughout Europe, says Hebard, so 
as Kuhn works on minor repairs, he is 
becoming familiar with what she calls "a 
nice span of printing." 

As relative newcomers to Boston 
College, both Kuhn and Hebard are learn- 
ing the collection as they work on it. "I 
spend a lot of time down here in the Irish 
section," said Kuhn, as he and Hebard 
ushered a visitor through the metal secu- 
rity door and into the stacks in the Burns 
sub-basement. Hebard sniffed the air, 
heavy with the leathery must of old books. 
She is, said Kuhn, "incredibly sensitive 
to details" and by feeling the air can tell 

whether the temperature and humidity 
control system is working. 

Returning to the conservation lab, the 
pair came across a cart in the cataloguing 
department stacked with Dolmen Press 
editions of ancient Irish epics (Boston 
College has some 450 titles from the 
Dublin-based press, which operated from 
1951 to 1987 and specialized in Irish poet- 
ry). "This is like a treasure trove for you!" 
exclaimed Hebard, as Kuhn opened a 1976 
edition of The Brazen Horn, and showed 
her its austere typography. "This," he said, 
"is why I came to Boston College." ■ 

Jane Whitehead is a Boston-based writer. 


of conscience 

By David Reich 

Medicine, faith, and the law 

The sharp polemics that have marked 
the public conversation about laws 
and proposed laws to exempt health care 
providers from performing services that 
would violate their religious beliefs were 
nowhere in sight or sound on April 13 
when a priest who directs health care ser- 
vices for the Boston Archdiocese, a leading 
obstetrician/gynecologist at Massachusetts 
General Hospital, and a prominent 
scholar of religion in American public life 
addressed the issue before a mostly stu- 
dent audience of 90 in Higgins 310. 

The first panelist to speak, Fr. J. Bryan 
Hehir, secretary of health and social ser- 
vices for the Boston Archdiocese, likened 
such exemptions for health care providers 
to those that excuse military personnel 
from service at a nuclear installation on 
grounds of conscience. In both cases, he 
said, the question of exemption involves 
the intersection of "macro questions" — 
how a society has resolved its ethical 

conundrums — with strongly held personal 

Hehir, the Mongomery Professor of 
the Practice of Religion and Public Life 
at Harvard's Kennedy School of Govern- 
ment, argued that the country's unpar- 
alleled diversity of religious belief and 
"contested public agenda" necessitate 
"protections for the individual con- 
science." Exemptions are also needed, 
he said, because of the key role played 
by religious organizations in carrying 
out American social policy. Compared 
with other industrialized democracies, 
"we expect less of the state, more of the 
market, and a lot from nonprofits," many 
of them religion based, said Hehir, noting 
that the country has some 600 Catholic 
hospitals. If we don't achieve a "fair adju- 
dication" to thorny questions such as 
whether a gynecologist who refuses to 
perform abortions must refer a patient to 
an abortion provider or whether a phar- 


macist can be required to supply a morn- 
ing-after contraceptive, we put at risk the 
health care profession, the patient request- 
ing the services, and the role of nonprofits 
in the social welfare system, Hehir said. 

The session's second panelist, Michael 
F. Greene, a professor at Harvard 
Medical School and chief of obstetrics at 
Massachusetts General Hospital, listed 
several duties placed on all physicians by 
the medical profession's code of ethics, 
including discussion of the full range of 
treatments for a patient's condition "with- 
out regard to the personal philosophy of 
the provider"; informing the patient of 
each treatment's risks and benefits; and 
honoring a patient's refusal of a treatment 
on religious or other grounds. 

To illustrate the conflicts that can arise 
between these duties and the doctor's 
personal beliefs, Greene told the story of 
a patient of his who required a surgery 
that typically results in massive blood loss 
but who refused, on religious grounds, to 
sign a form agreeing to a blood transfu- 
sion. After trying but failing to change her 
mind, Greene and his team "made fairly 
extraordinary arrangements" to adhere to 
her wishes, and they operated successfully. 
Nevertheless, he was mindful through- 
out that his "commitment to honor [the 
patient's] decision to refuse care — in this 
case, transfusion" — might result in her 
death. "It was a situation," he summed up, 
"where I had to adjust . . . my conscience 
to the patient's conscience." 


Rogers, a lawyer who directs the Center 
for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake 
Forest University, began by citing the 
fundamental American belief — going 
back to the War for Independence, she 
said — that "certain convictions" can over- 
ride our duty to the civil order. "We've 
struggled," she said, "with how to have a 
functioning . . . society while also honor- 
ing" religious convictions. 

Reviewing the ways in which First 
Amendment jurisprudence has honored 
the belief that conscience can sometimes 
override law, Rogers said that, for most 
of our history, government has had to 
prove "a compelling interest — something 
like health or safety" — to justify burdens 
placed on the expression of religion. In the 

Attorney Melissa Rogers, physician Michael F. Greene, and Fr. J. Bryan Hehir 

1990 case Employment Division v. Smith, 
however, the Supreme Court ruled that 
if a law doesn't target religion directly, it 
can be presumed to comply with the free 
expression clause of the First Amendment 
without further scrutiny, even if the 
law has the effect, if not the intent, of 
restricting religious practice. (In that case, 
two drug counselors, members of the 
Native American Church, were denied 
government unemployment compensa- 
tion because their private employer had 
deemed their ceremonial peyote use to be 
job-related "misconduct.") The Court's 
decision, Rogers said, means that govern- 
ments can still carve out religious exemp- 
tions to their laws if they wish, but they 
aren't required to carve them out — one 
reason that exemptions have turned into a 
topic of sharp debate. 

When it comes to abortion, the Church 
Amendment — named for U.S. Senator 
Frank Church of Idaho and passed a 
few weeks after Roe v. Wade (1973) — 
and other similar laws have established 
that doctors who receive federal funds 
(Medicaid included) cannot be required to 
perform procedures or provide facilities 
for procedures to which they have reli- 
gious objections. More recently, however, 
with the availability of "Plan B" morning- 
after contraception, Rogers said, "some 
pharmacists have experienced a dilemma 
similar to some physicians' dilemma in the 

1970s." To deal with the conflict between 
patients and these pharmacists, she said, 
"states have passed a spate of [laws], some 
requiring pharmacies to stock this emer- 
gency contraception without conscientious 
exemptions being recognized, and some 
other laws that recognize conscientious 
objection ... in various ways, some more 
absolutist, some less absolutist. And that's 
been a continuing debate, both at the fed- 
eral and state level." 


view of religious exemptions, the panelists 
suggested ways to move toward a societal 
consensus — the "fair adjudication" hoped 
for by Hehir — while quieting the noisy, 
sometimes angry debates between those 
who believe the state must honor any 
claim of conscience made by a health care 
provider and those who think the state 
should automatically deny such claims. 
Hehir called for "civility, attention to 
evidence in the arguments, making the 
arguments on the basis of reason, not on 
innuendo and ad hominem." He also said 
that providers should claim exemptions 
"only for essential issues, not capaciously." 

Greene echoed this point when he 
chided doctors who won't even refer a 
patient for a procedure that they refuse, 
on religious grounds, to perform them- 
selves. He compared these doctors' 
reasoning with that underlying a mythi- 


photographs: Lee Pellegrini 

cal court case against a farmer whose 
corn was made into whiskey that, in 
turn, fueled the misdeeds of someone 
the farmer never met. "There has to be a 
limit," Greene asserted, "to the reach and 
realm of conscience." He also cited doc- 
tors' ethical duty to avoid situations where 
moral conflict might arise. "If. . . you have 
an objection to providing emergency con- 
traception or abortion care services," he 
quipped, "you shouldn't volunteer" at your 
local Planned Parenthood office. 

Rogers, too, advocated "early dis- 
closure" bv physicians of their religious 
objections to any procedure that they 
might be called on to perform. "That 
should not be something [the patient 
discovers] down the road," she said, "in a 
crisis, in a conflict." In addition, she called 
for a balancing of the provider's right 
of conscience with the patient's right to 
treatment. "We need to respect the moral 
autonomy of both patients and health 
care providers," she said. Of pharmacists 
who refuse to provide morning-after con- 
traception, she said, "If there's [another] 
pharmacy close by that can provide the 
service . . . that would be a mere incon- 
venience. But it's something else where 
there's an actual lack of access, and we 
need to differentiate between those" situa- 
tions. In the political debate over religious 
exemptions, "we often see a complete 
unwillingness to recognize" the other 
side's point of view, Rogers added, and 
thus she called for respectful dialogue, 
conducted outside the political arena, 
between people on all sides of the issue, 
with a goal of finding "common ground 
principles" that could then be presented as 
model legislation. 

There followed 20 minutes of audience 
questions, toward the end of which an 
older audience member added his voice to 
the panelists' in hoping for a calmer, more 
reasoned debate. "Would it help the dis- 
cussion," he inquired mildly, "to start off 
by seeing ways in which conscience leads 
people to serve their neighbors, instead of 
seeing conscience as something that says, 
'Stay away from me'?" □ 

David Reich is a writer in the Boston area. 

A video of the panel discussion can be 
seen at Full Story, www. 

Higher opinion 

After the Boston College men's hockey team claimed the NCAA title on April 10 with 
a 5-0 win over the University of Wisconsin, BCAA asked theologian David Vanderhooft 
for comment: 

I grew up in Winnipeg, on the Canadian prairie, where Saturday evenings during the 
long winters conformed to a ritual. At seven o'clock, the strains of CBC Television's 
Hockey Night in Canada theme music and the voice of Danny Gallivan would sound 
in our living room. My family would watch the Leafs, the Canadiens, the big bad 
Boston Bruins. At the first intermission, my five siblings and I would rush off for 
ritual ablutions, our baths, because we had to be clean for church on Sunday morn- 
ing. Cleanliness is next to godliness, they say, but it could wait for a break in the 
hockey action. 

After arriving at Boston College in 1996, my interest veered from the NHL to the 
American college game. Coach Jerry York had come to BC in 1994, and he began to 
develop a winning program based on speed, skill, finesse, and a relentless attacking 
style. Small, fast, skilled forwards kept appearing year after year: Reasoner, Gionta, 
Eaves, Gerbe, Atkinson. York prizes velocity and grit; opposing defensemen know 
it, and not a few have been seen backing up into their own zones to prepare for an 
Eagle onslaught. 

Goals come in many forms. Ben Smith's first against Wisconsin in the national 
championship game was a quick and surgical power play strike. But when Cam At- 
kinson collected a puck in the neutral zone early in the third period and hurtled past 
Wisconsin's vaunted defender, turning his right flank, producing panic, and exposing 
the goaltender, Atkinson scored a quintessential BC goal. To emphasize the point, 
he did precisely the same thing a few minutes later, this time beating two players. 
The Badgers dug in, but they had no answer for York's swooping Eagles. Hockey re- 
mains the fastest team game on earth, and York's teams are very often the fastest in 
the college ranks. BC goals frequently make me smile like a kid. 

The television ritual of my youth vanished with a move to the U.S.A., the prolif- 
eration of cable networks, and hundreds of viewing opportunities every hockey sea- 
son. Still, after Boston College secured the championship trophy, it seemed the right 
thing to do to jump in the shower and clean up for the rest of the weekend. 

Captain Matt Price '10 with the championship trophy, April 12, at a celebration on O'Neill Plaza 



From the laboratories 




Altered states 

Scientists have long held that memory retrieval is a constructive process in which 
bits of information supplied by different regions of the brain create one, unified 
memory. There has been less certainty about how fast memories are retrieved 
and how they may change over time. 
Scott Slotnick, an assistant psychology professor at Boston College, specializes in visual memory, specifically "retinotopic" 
aspects of memory whereby recollections of an object you saw to your left stimulate activity (the electrical firing of neurons) on 
the right side of the brain and vice versa. In a recent study, Slotnick had two sets of undergraduate research subjects view abstract 
shapes reminiscent of a computer screen saver— Bezier curves filled with colored lines — on either the left or right side of a video 
screen. Then Slotnick replayed these shapes along with new curves, all shown in the center of the screen, and asked the students to 
identify old versus new as well as the original location of the old shapes. While the students answered, their brains were monitored 
with either electrical receptors (ERPs), which instantly register spikes in neural activity, or AARI scans, which take rapid images of 

the brain that are then spliced together like a 
movie reel. 

The ERPs, which heretofore had not been 
much used in tracking memory development, 
revealed retinotopic effects occurring in the 
brain's occipital and temporal regions (toward 
the back and sides of the head, respectively) 
within a quarter of a second, a speed far faster 
than typically attributed to memory retrieval. 
Indeed, Slotnick's results suggest memories 
may take shape as much as four times faster 
than earlier studies have shown. 

The brain's right hemisphere showed the 
more prominent spikes in activity, perhaps due 
to its proclivity for processing coordinate data 
(the distance, for example, between a coffee 
mug and a table's edge). By pinpointing the re- 
trieval of spatial information, Slotnick's results 
show memory recall with a rare level of detail. 

In addition to the speed of the initial 
memory retrieval, Slotnick observed that the 
retinotopic activity in the subjects' brains 
continued intermittently for another second or 
so. This offers yet another indication, he says, 
that memory is an action "refined over time, as 
details are added." Slotnick's results appeared 
in the May 2009 issue of Brain Research. 

Plasma, the fourth state of matter (along with solids, liquids, and gases) 
constitutes some 99 percent of the universe's visible matter— the stuff 
of coronas, solar cores, and comet tails. Plasma's appearance on earth, 
however, is fleeting and limited — in lightning and flame, or in fluorescent 
light bulbs — and still little understood. 

For the past three decades, the study of plasma, which is most simply 
described as electrically charged gas, has focused on "dusty" varieties, 
plasmas laced with solid particles ranging in width from nanometers 
to tens of microns. These particulates acquire an electrical charge from 
the plasma, causing all sorts of interesting results, such as, on a cosmic 
scale, the rings of Saturn. 

Dusty plasmas have been much studied partly because of their impor- 
tance to the semiconductor industry— plasmas are used in the manufac- 
ture of microchips, and the particles, produced during etching the chips, 
can cause contamination. But a subset of dusty plasmas that mimic the 
superdense, supercharged systems found at the center of stars is only 
beginning to reveal its secrets. Within these dense plasmas, dust can 
organize itself into states similar to liquid or solid, structures known as 
Coulomb crystals, and these may help reveal much about all four states 
of matter. 

Recently, a team of physicists including Gabor Kalman, distinguished 
research professor at Boston College, and Stamatios Kyrkos, Ph.D. '03, 
a former graduate student of Kalman's and current assistant professor 
at Le AAoyne College, developed a theoretical description of dense dusty 
plasmas formed when a beam of charged particles penetrates plasma. 

Their theory, co-authored with AAarlene Rosenberg, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, appeared last June in 
the journal Physical Review Letters. 

The team's mathematical model supposes a two-dimensional crystalline lattice of charged particles penetrated by a charged 
beam, with both elements immersed in a plasma. The researchers calculated, among other effects, that the beam would cause 
electrostatic instabilities in the lattice— energetic ripples, so to speak— both along the beam's progress and, most interestingly, 
perpendicular to it, generating the type of transverse waves produced by sound when it travels through solids. 

The model, Kyrkos says, has broad application for basic scientific research. The lattices in these dense plasmas behave math- 
ematically much like everyday solids and liquids, but, unlike solids, their atomic behaviors are easily observable to, at times, even 
the unaided eye. The similiarities in behavior suggest the team's theory could provide a "good model for many condensed matter 
systems," Kyrkos says. 

The paper remains theoretical, but does provide a "solvable model" that, if proven correct, could advance study of phase transi- 
tions—the shift from one state of matter to another. 

— Paul Voosen 
Paul Voosen '03 is a writer based in Washington, D.C. 



Kane: "We're moving toward a more collaborative world. 

The finals frontier 

By William Bole 

Students create their own exams 

Three years ago, Gerald C. Kane, 
assistant professor of informa- 
tion systems at the Carroll School of 
Management, invited students in his 
sections of the required freshman class 
"Computers in Management" (MI 021) 
to propose questions for the final exam. 
Kane had already prepared a set, but he 
thought the exercise would be a worth- 
while study tool for the class. The results 
surprised him. 

The students not only anticipated all of 
Kane's questions, they also came up with 
some that "were better than mine," he 
recalls. Since then, his final exams, which 
account for 50 percent of the overall grade, 
have been devised largely by the students. 

The approach aligns well with the aims 
of MI 021, which, according to a descrip- 
tion with the syllabus, "is intended to help 
the student develop mastery of the com- 
puter as a management tool," and which 
focuses in part on social media — that is, 
content created by users. Kane's favorite 

example of this mode of communication is 
the collaborative websites known as wikis, 
of which the most famous is Wikipedia, 
self-described as the "free online encyclo- 
pedia that anyone can edit." 

When Kane first broached the idea 
of student-generated tests with his class, 
students welcomed the idea but sug- 
gested they also prepare answers. Kane 
agreed — with the caveat that he couldn't 
guarantee the accuracy of the answers they 
posted. He then set up a wiki — basically 
a password-protected Internet bulletin 
board — where students could submit pro- 
posed questions. In the six semesters since 
then, class members have posted roughly 
a thousand questions and answers — all of 
which are then edited collaboratively by 
fellow students. Most of the 150 fresh- 
men who make up the three sections of 
his class contribute, lured in part by bonus 
points awarded for questions that Kane 
includes on the exam. 

Only a fraction of the questions appear 

on the final. Examples from last spring's 
test include: "Briefly describe how India 
became the 'king' of outsourcing for the 
U.S."; "Identify the two types of [Internet 
technology] used by Zara" — the so-called 
fast-fashion retailer — "and briefly describe 
how Zara uses them to create competitive 
advantage"; and "Identify the two types of 
click-fraud faced by Google" (this refers to 
deceptions that involve repeatedly clicking 
on an ad placed with the search engine, to 
jack up the costs to the advertiser, which 
pays Google for each click — the culprits 
are typically competitors of that company). 

Kane says he knows of just a handful 
of professors around the country who 
employ wikis as he does. All of them, he 
says, heard about it from him, via conver- 
sations at conferences or presentations at 
institutions ranging from the University 
of Minnesota to Wentworth Institute of 
Technology in Boston. Boston College 
geology and geophysics associate profes- 
sor Alan Kafka adopted the practice in 
his "Geoscience and Public Policy" (GE 
187) course, after Kane pitched the idea 
at the annual faculty "E-learning" day two 
years ago. "I was very nervous at first," 
Kafka recalls. He worried that managing a 
website used interactively by 150 students 
might monopolize his time. But to his sur- 
prise, the wiki was largely self-regulating, 
needing little professorial intervention. 
Both he and Kane say that after giving 
students the basic instructions, all the 
professors have to do is sift through the 
questions (they pay no attention to the 
answers), picking the best ones and tweak- 
ing them as necessary. And Kafka's wiki 
gave rise to a separate Internet group — "a 
very rich discussion" among his students, 
Kafka says — about geologically focused 
public policy issues. 

Kane considers his method of fashion- 
ing exams an instance of "crowdsourcing," 
a practice employed increasingly in busi- 
ness, in which companies turn to their cus- 
tomers to help solve problems. (Example: 
Goldcorp, a Canadian gold mining com- 
pany, posted a $575,000 reward for locat- 
ing the best sites for new exploration; "the 
crowd" came up with hundreds of lucrative 
targets.) Some observers worry that Kane's 
approach allows students to memorize 
answers and simply repeat them on the 
exam. "I've gone around and around with 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 


1 1 

my colleagues on this," Kane responds. 
"The sheer volume of information makes 
it almost impossible to just regurgitate. I 
certainly couldn't do it." Indeed, a printout 
of postings leading up to the spring 2009 
final exam (Kane was on leave last semes- 
ter) ran to 45 single-spaced pages. 

Furthermore, although about 80 per- 
cent of the questions on Kane's exams are 
at least variations of what students have 
proposed, they constitute only about 10 
percent of the questions posted on the 
class wiki, and students don't know the 
questions they'll encounter on the final 
until they open their exam booklets (yes, 
the actual exam involves blue books). And 
there's no guarantee that answers cobbled 
together by students on the wiki will sat- 
isfy Kane. "You can't completely trust the 
answers," says accounting and finance 
major Jane Greeno '10, who took the 
course as a freshman and has since served 
as a teaching assistant in the class. "So you 
have to go back to your notes and the read- 

ings and make sure everything is right. You 
have to come up with your own answers." 

What Kane finds especially gratifying 
is the view expressed by students that 
wrong or questionable answers posted on 
the site are often among the most valuable, 
forcing students to go back to their books 
(as Greeno did) and engage the material 
on a deeper level, ultimately learning more 
about the subject matter. He adds that 
the exercise teaches them to be savvier 
users of social media, including Wikipedia. 
(It also allows him to spend less time 
entertaining the perennial question of 
"what will be on the final exam," he says.) 

Kane notes that the wiki-based exam 
has clarified his thinking about the role of 
the professor in the social-media age. "It's 
not about Professor Kane having all the 
knowledge, and imparting it to students," 
he says. "We're moving toward a more 
collaborative world. The professor is a 
guide, and the students are active partici- 
pants in the learning environment." ■ 


by James Parker 

The political David 


is slingshot nailed Goliath. His 

playing on the harp refreshed the 
gloomy tyrant Saul. As king, he capered 
before the Ark while his wife looked on 
with the cold eyes of a princess compelled 
into marriage to a shepherd. His lust, his 
connivance, his nobility, his subtlety, the 
ruthlessness he shared with his divine 
sponsor Yahweh — these are things that 
we know, or think we know, about David. 

Politically, though, who was he? Can 
we locate this extraordinary character and 
his legend within a recognizable landscape 
of Bronze Age kingship and conquest? 

At Boston College in March a group 
of experts was convened over two days 
to probe, as far as possible, the political 
realities of the Davidic state. Organized by 

David Vanderhooft of the theology depart- 
ment, and modestly billed as a "colloquy," 
the event matched Old Testament scholars 
with political scientists, Boston College 
faculty with visiting specialists. Around 1 5 
people were in attendance for the colloquy, 
sponsored by the theology department, the 
Initiative for the Study of Constitutional 
Democracy, the Center for Christian- 
Jewish Learning, and the Institute for the 
Liberal Arts. They met first in Gasson 
Hall and then, for the second day, in the 
Murray Room at the Yawkey Center. 
Presentations proceeded with no great 
emphasis on formality, segueing into open 
and often fast-moving discussion. 

Vanderhooft marked out the territory 
in his prefatory remarks. "We have no 

sophisticated analysis of the politics of 
David," he said. "If, as Baruch Halpern [of 
Penn State, and a conference participant] 
has suggested, David is the first human 
being in world literature, might he also be 
the first politician? Was there a ramified 
bureaucracy in David's time — anything 
we can reconstruct?" The conversations 
that followed offered glimpses of such 
a reconstruction — of David conspiring, 
negotiating, acting, and ruling in a light 
rather more practical than the one shed by 
salvation history. 

As far as Raymond Cohen, the Corc- 
oran Visiting Chair at Boston College's 
Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, 
was concerned, the biblical account of 
David contained "elements of great king 
diplomacy, but diluted and a little bit bar- 
barized." David's mistreatment of envoys, 
for example, betrayed "a certain [politi- 
cal] clumsiness." How skillful a king was 
he? There followed a detailed discussion 
of the assassination of Abner, David's 
wayward general, prompting one of the 
participants to vault several millennia and 
tap the wisdom of another great politi- 
cal intriguer, Talleyrand: "Worse than a 
crime, it was [a political] error." 

The next conversation, led by Amanda 
Podany, professor of history at California 
State Polytechnic, shifted toward the 
minutiae of Bronze Age political discourse. 
"Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, 
and shaved off the one half of their beards, 
and cut off their garments in the middle, 
even unto their buttocks, and sent them 
away" (2 Samuel, 10:4) — did this operation 
involve a hacking-off of the lower portion 
of the beard, or (more savagely) a defores- 
tation of one side of the face? Podany also 
called attention to a number of surviving 
letters in which monarchs of the ancient 
world held forth upon the gift exchanges 
by which alliances were cemented. One in 
particular, from King Ishi-Adad to King 
Ishme-Dagan, lowered us into the unglam- 
orous details of Bronze Age political life. 
"Right now," lamented Ishi-Adad, "just 
to relieve my feelings, I must speak about 
this matter which should not be spoken 
about. You are a great king; you made a 
request to me for two horses, and I had 
them conducted to you. But you gave me 
20 minas of tin!" Donkey burials were 
also discussed, the dignity of the ass and 




From left: Halpern, Cooley, Vanderhooft, theologian 
Podany, and Jimmy Roberts of Princeton Theological 

his relation to kingship. Podany's central 
point: In terms of what we know of politi- 
cal history, there is "nothing jarring" in the 
biblical account of David and his successor 
Solomon. Scripture gives us "a state that is 
familiar, more or less, with what was going 
on in the late Bronze Age, using the same 
mechanisms of international relations." 

Day one concluded with a presenta- 
tion from New York University Judaic 
scholar Daniel Fleming, during which it 
was suggested that Absalom's attempt to 
overthrow David was "a political impossi- 
bility" — not simply tragic, then, but strate- 
gically hopeless. The group tarried on the 
enjoyable topic of assassination, an impor- 
tant political maneuver in David's time. 
Commented someone: "The constant 
is: trying to kill the king. The variable is: 
How good is his guard?" After which, the 
scholars all repaired to Legal Sea Foods 
for their dinner. 

On day two the Boston College theol- 
ogy tag team of Jeffrey Cooley and David 
Vanderhooft reported on "Divination and 
the Politics of Royal Legitimation." Boiled 
down to its purest definition, Cooley told 
the group, divination is simply "a method 
by which humans determine divine will." 
And how might the divine will signal 
its intent? Via celestial omens (shooting 
stars) or terrestrial ones (a fox running 
into the middle of the village and drop- 
ping dead). Or via the spread entrails of 

Pheme Perkins of Boston College (rear), 

an animal, peered into by a practitioner 
of the art of extispicy. These genres were 
not incompatible: A celestial omen might 
be tested with a bit of extispicy — double- 
checked, in effect. David double-checked 
his omens in 2 Samuel 5, inquiring twice 
of the Lord whether he should proceed 
militarily against the Philistines. In the 
final talk, historian Baruch Halpern argued 
from the Scriptural evidence of Samuel 
and Kings that David was more of a politi- 
cian than his royal contemporaries, whose 
chronicles tend to offer litanies of straight- 
forward conquests. David, by contrast, 
is shown exercising the kind of frenetic 
and cagey alliance-building that would be 

required of a hopeful usurper, of a merce- 
nary chieftain with no army or great house 
behind him, but with a sharp eye for the 
main chance. 

As he does in the Bible, the ancient hero 
slipped trickster-ishly in and out of focus 
across the two-day conversation: One 
moment we were deep in gangland politics, 
with David as capofamiglia and the Davidic 
state a Soprarccw-style tangle of rival blood- 
lines; the next he was primly cocking an 
ear to God. In the open conversation that 
followed Halpern's talk, the ancient king 
became positively phantasmal. Did he 
exist or not? How much confidence can we 
have in the biblical account of this person? 
NYU's Fleming sounded an insistent note 
of caution: "I don't want to linger over it, 
but these [facts] are really in play. There 
are groups of biblical scholars, in Europe 
particularly, who are far less trusting of 
these sources," believing the texts to be 
apologias drawn up centuries after David's 
death, for political and diplomatic reasons. 

"But if it's a later text," countered 
Cooley, "a legendary text, why would 
[the authors] include such embarrassing 
stuff? Because we see in the Books of 
Chronicles" — a later, soberer account of 
the biblical royalty narratives — "that they 
get rid of the embarrassing stuff." 

Ah, the embarrassing stuff. The human 
stuff. David in royal old age, his whittled- 
away body getting a warm-up from 
Abishag the Shunammite. A politician to 
the very end, we might say. B 

James Parker is a writer in the Boston area. 

And the winners are . . . 

The Baldwin awards for excellence in student filmmaking were held March 26: 
Man of the Year, a stop-motion film written and directed by Kevin Nihill '11 about 
a young man and his inflatable doll gone-bad, won Best Picture. • The communi- 
cation department's Leonard Persuasive Speaking contest took place April 13: 
Valerie Bell '12, advanced the pros of offshore drilling and brought home the $800 
first prize. • The topic of the 118th annual Fulton Prize debate, held April 14, was 
"Resolved: The Second Amendment should be incorporated against the states by 
the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment." The negative side argued 
that striking down gun laws would increase gun violence and won by a 3-0 decision. 
Brendan Benedict '12 garnered the Fulton Medal. • And the first prize of $10,000 
in seed money at the Boston College Venture Competition April 15 went to PIQC, 
a search engine specializing in highly complex queries developed by David Tolioupov 
'10 and Shahbano Imran '09. —Tim Czerwienski 

photograph: Lee Pellegrini 



"We each have our own strut." 

Q&A: Being Baldwin 

Interview by Thomas Cooper 

The life of a mascot 

A small troupe of anonymous volun- 
teers — -four men and two women, all 
undergraduates — animate the 6' 6" plush 
Eagle known as Baldwin and his larger, inflat- 
able counterpart, Baldwin, Jr. Several of them 
recently took questions on condition that their 
identities remain secret. 

Who is Baldwin, really? 
Baldwin is a dude, the Big Man on 
Campus. He never shuffles or slouches. 
He struts. We each have our own strut. 

How does one become a Baldwin? 
I saw a flyer on a stairway — "Do you want 
to be Baldwin?" Six of us showed up for 
an audition in one of the racquetball courts 
at the RecPlex. We did general improv 
with props, then we put on Baldwin 
costumes and responded to situations 
Baldwin might encounter — a touchdown 
or a frightened child. [Solution: Be a shy 
bird and look away.] After two rounds of 
auditions, two of us were chosen. 

What's the outfit like? 
We have four body sets and three heads. 
The heads have a lightweight helmet 
inside to support the beak, which is 24 
inches long. The suits are made to order in 
Canada and are one-size-fits-all, although 
on those of us who are shorter the legs 
bunch up. This year we got one new cos- 
tume. In the older versions, a separate 
padded leotard provides bulk. The new 
costume has the padding built in, and 
there's more sculpting of the muscles, so 
Baldwin looks really jacked. 

Where are your eyes? 

We look out through the mouth, and it's 
tunnel vision. For us to look someone in 
the eye, Baldwin's head has to look up. If 
someone is taking a picture of Baldwin, we 
have to look at their waist. It's hard to see 
small kids. I've run over a couple. 

Has Baldwin been an athlete? 

It's not required, but it helps. All but 

two of the current Baldwins once played 
hockey. Not me. I tried going to one 
hockey game. I shuffled around the ice 
holding onto the boards, and when I came 
off the ice, people were asking, "What's 
wrong with Baldwin?" Most of us do 
some stunts with the cheerleaders — table- 
tops [standing on the bent backs of two 
cheerleaders who are themselves being 
supported] and choppers [hooking your 
legs around a cheerleader's neck and get- 
ting spun around like a helicopter blade]. 
My fear while I'm doing a chopper is that 
Baldwin's head will unsnap from the body 
and fly off. 

Who knows your true identity? 
My mom, my sister. I had to tell my room- 
mates because I was gone all the time. 

Does Baldwin get to know other mascots? 
At tournaments, when lots of teams come 
together, we trade stories about our mas- 
cot programs and talk about our suits. 
We also meet at fundraising events. I've 
gotten to know Wally the Green Monster 
[the Red Sox mascot] and the Celtics' 
Lucky the Leprechaun. I was at an event 
for the Boston Cannons — the profes- 
sional lacrosse team — and during a mock 
lacrosse game, the BU Terrier knocked me 
down. He even knocked over the Cannons 
mascot, Boomer, who is a cannon. We all 
had to stand Boomer back up. 

Do you have a most memorable moment? 
Maybe the first time I hit a backwards, 
over-the-head basketball shot from the 
three-point line — during a game against 
Florida State. It's not easy. I initially 
tried it from half court. I threw the ball 
up, turned around, and it dropped right 
behind me. 

What's the toughest part of the job? 
People don't always seem to remember 
there is a person inside the suit, and some- 
times they pat Baldwin on the head pretty 
hard. Little kids get carried away, too, 
pulling and poking. You just have to wave 
your wing and walk away. ■ 

Baldwin worS<s the Duke basketball 
game in "Superfan," a Boston 
College Video Minute at Full Story, 



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photograph: Lee Pellegrini 

View, two years hence, from near Carney Hall 


The southwest corner of middle cam- 
pus—a roughly seven-acre triangle 
bounded by Beacon Street and College 
Road — has had various functions since 
1907, when Thomas Gasson, SJ, acquired 
the Lawrence Farm that became the 
University's Chestnut Hill campus. From 
1915 to 1955, this corner, site of the 
farm's former piggery, was the football 
team's field. Since the early 1960s, it 
has been shared by Carney Hall, AAcElroy 
Commons, and the Dustbowl. This fall 
it will begin another transformation as 
construction starts on Stokes Hall, a 
180,000 square-foot humanities center— 
the first academic building erected on 
campus since AAerkert Hall in 1991, and 
the first non-science building since the 
completion of AAcGuinn Hall in 1968. 

The new facility, a mix of classrooms, 
offices, and common spaces that is 
roughly twice the size of Devlin Hall, will 
consist of two four-story wings located 

on what is now the parking lot between 
Lyons Hall and AAcElroy Commons and 
a portion of the Dustbowl. The render- 
ing above, looking west from in front of 
Carney Hall, shows the east facade of 
Stokes South (left), with Stokes North 
perpendicular to it and Lyons Hall be- 
yond. The wings, designed in the tradi- 
tional collegiate gothic style, are linked 
by a glassed-in second-floor skyway. 

Stokes Hall will add 36 much-needed 
classrooms to campus, with seating 
for 1,060 students. It will also bring a 
number of the humanities departments 
under one roof, including the depart- 
ments of English, history, theology, 
philosophy, and classical studies, as well 
as the PULSE program, the Arts and 
Sciences Honors Program, the Office of 
First Year Experience, and the Academic 
Advising Center. When completed, 
Stokes Hall will make possible the next 
step in the planned development of 

middle campus, as the University turns 
its attention to other buildings on the 
campus green, notably, Carney Hall. 

The footprint of Stokes Hall will dra- 
matically alter the current, amorphous 
shape of the Dustbowl, creating instead 
a rectangular open space of 107 yards 
by 70 yards — slightly larger than a foot- 
ball field — bounded by the Stokes wings 
on the north and west, Fulton Hall on 
the east, and Carney Hall on the south. 
The result will be a well-defined, expan- 
sive green, free of cars. 

According to AAary Nardone, associ- 
ate vice president of capital projects 
management for the office of facilities 
management, the Stokes project is set 
to go to bid this summer, with construc- 
tion slated to start in the fall and last 
for two years. The new hall takes its 
name from Patrick T. Stokes '64 and his 
wife Anna-Kristina, in recognition of a 
$13.5 million gift. —Tim Czerwienski 

image: Courtesy of Tsoi/Kobus and Associates Architects 




How to make a mathematician 



In a classroom on the tough South Side of Chicago, a matin 
teacher cuts a daunting figure, his head rising above a six-foot- 
high, freestanding chalkboard, a black cloth patch over his 
left eye. He begins the lesson abruptly, calling out to a class of 
eighth, ninth, and 10th graders, "What's the sum of numbers 
from 1 to 1 1 1?" A boy wearing a University of Chicago sweat- 
shirt begins to speak up in the back, and the teacher interrupts 
loudly, "Who's that?" He lurches toward the youth. His gait is 
a testament to six decades of battle with Type 1 diabetes that 
has left him with titanium legs, today tucked in black sneakers. 
Both arms are out in front of him, because even with his "good 
eye" he can't really see. "Is that Dylan?" In a sharp Boston 
accent, he orders Dylan to hustle up to the front of the class- 
room. "You'll be my victim today," he informs the young man, 
and then he identifies a second victim. 

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It might have been an intimidating moment, if the stu- 
dents weren't all taking it in stride, chuckling or plowing 
ahead with their problem-solving. The setting wasn't a 
public school: It was a spacious room with a high arched 
ceiling and rows of windows looking out on the quadrangle 
of the University of Chicago, in the South Side's Hyde Park 
enclave. Twenty-five students, mostly from Chicago public 
schools, turned up on a Saturday morning in February for 
the math equivalent of a weekly pickup game, open to any 
youngsters who, for the span of three hours, want to take 
a swing at solving math problems that would vex many of 
their teachers. They were there because they chose to be 
there, for what is called the Young Scholars Program. It's 
one of the many math-education ventures of Paul Sally '54, 
MA'56, a celebrated University of Chicago professor whom 
students, from pre-teens through graduate school, affec- 
tionately call "the math pirate." 

Sally is a rare beast in the mathematical jungle. On the 
one hand, he stands atop the food chain, among leading 
research mathematicians, who are known generally as a 
reclusive species not highly disposed to the teaching life. 
And yet, he takes great pleasure in standing in front of a 
classroom of middle and high school students, giving out fist 
bumps when they reason their way to what he often styles 
a "beautiful proof." As Marek Dobrenko, an eighth-grade 
math whiz at O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy, a magnet 

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self to chocolate chip cookies during a break at the Young 
Scholars class, "It's just a lot of fun spending your Saturday 
morning learning the logic." 

Sally devotes as much passion to working with teachers 
as with students, acting on his precept, "To teach mathemat- 
ics, you have to know some." One of the boldest iterations 
of that principle is a project he spearheaded seven years 
ago in Chicago called the Algebra Initiative, a program of 
rigorous study that qualifies teachers to offer that critical 
subject in middle schools. Certification from the Algebra 
Initiative, now available at three universities around the city, 
is required by the Chicago Public Schools before an instruc- 
tor can teach the subject at the middle school level. 

"He's really well known among research mathemati- 
cians, and he's equally well known in education circles," 
from elementary to university level, says Albert Cuoco, who 
directs the nonprofit Center for Mathematics Education, 
in Newton, Massachusetts. Sally's research area is number 
theory, a branch of pure mathematics, which is concerned 
less with the utility of mathematics than with the beauty 
of its abstractions. (One way that Sally tries to capture this 
beauty for students at all levels is by introducing them to the 
Platonic Solids, five perfectly symmetrical shapes that Plato 
wrote about in his dialogue Timaeus, and which were further 
developed in Euclid's Elements) His mission as an educator, 
however, appears all encompassing: "to spread mathematics 
far and wide," says mathematician Ben Howard, who dis- 
covered his love of the discipline as a high school student in 
the Young Scholars Program (which Sally founded in 1988 
with colleague Diane Herrmann). "That's what he lives for," 
says Howard, who is now an associate professor of math- 
ematics at Boston College. 

At 77, Sally the math evangelist is renewing his mission, 
aiming to spread the Algebra Initiative beyond Chicago (his 
best bet is Boston), even as some observers see much of 
Sally and his ways that can't be replicated or scaled up. 

Sally is a rare beast in the mathematical 
jungle. He stands among leading research 
mathematicians, generally a reclusive 
species. And he takes great pleasure 
in presenting in front of a classroom of 
middle and high school students. 

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Sally with two of the 25 young scholars in attendance. As many as 50 have been known to show up willingly on a Saturday. 


education is widely considered a pressing national prior- 
ity. A sign of this urgency is the Obama administration's 
"Educate to Innovate" campaign, which looks to link gov- 
ernment agencies, corporations, and universities in efforts 
to bolster teaching in those subjects and make American 
students more competitive globally in the technology and 
science arenas. Sally has sat on his share of advisory panels 
and steering committees that address atmospheric issues 
such as curriculum and appropriate standards of math 
achievement. His signature approach, however, is unstint- 
ingly personal. 

He goes to students. And he goes to their teachers, 
through such projects as the Algebra Initiative and SESAME 
(Seminars for Elementary Specialists and Mathematics 
Educators). Launched in 1992 and still directed by Sally, 
SESAME offers a breadth of courses in pedagogy as well 
as in content areas such as probability and number theory, 
focusing especially on the conceptual foundations. It is one 
of a number of programs run by various institutions that 
lead to the state of Illinois's certification to teach math and 
science in middle schools. Aside from the enterprises run 

from his bustling office at the University of Chicago, Sally's 
footprints are found in settings ranging from his alma mater, 
where he has intervened at pivotal times in the evolution of 
Boston College's math department (see sidebar, page 25) 
and where he has personally endowed the Sally Award for 
math achievement by graduating seniors, to the K-8 Thorp 
Academy set in a working-class neighborhood on Chicago's 
northwest side. Sally has "essentially adopted" this magnet 
school, serving as generous donor and star attraction at 
special events with titles like "Math Stories: An Evening or 
Reasoning and Proofs," says Linda Hunt, who teaches and 
coordinates math studies at Thorp. 

At the University of Chicago, Sally is the sort of profes- 
sor whose reputation among faculty extends well beyond 
his department. Colleagues more versed in Coleridge than 
calculus know enough not to tell him, "I can't do math." 
When he hears the confession, whether at a party or on a 
plane, Sally responds, "That's funny, I can't read." 

Among the university's students, "Everyone hears about 
him as soon as you get on campus," says Eleanor Brush, a 
fourth-year math major from Hartford, Connecticut. Brush 
is sitting at the front desk of Sally's office on the second 

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A "Sally's gang" member transcribes at the Young Scholars session. 

floor of the gothic-style Eckhart Hall, answering the phone 
and playing with a Rubik's cube. One legend students relate 
has to do with Sally's classroom policy on cell phones, which 
is reputedly to invite students to line up and take turns 
stomping on any phone that rings during class. Sally himself 
will only say that he follows through on this threat if a phone 
goes off five or six times in the same class meeting. With 
clearer conviction, he tells of instances in class when he's 
borrowed a cell phone (he doesn't own one) after learning 
of a student's plan to miss math class for an early flight out 
at Thanksgiving or spring break. Sally says emphatically that 
he has rescheduled flights in class "more than once." 

"They think there are things in life that take precedence 
over mathematics," he says, tilting his six-foot-three-inch 
frame forward during an interview in his office, "and I try to 
disabuse them of that notion." This is part of Sally's shtick, 
his nothing-really-matters-but-math routine. His students 
are quick to note that on the first day of class, Sally informs 
them that the only excuse for missing an exam is "if you 
died and your funeral's that day." He also instructs them in 
the proper way to address him in class: "Yo, Sally." This, 
because he can't see their raised hands. 

Bracing classroom encounters aside, Sally has a devoted 
cadre of students, former students, and other coconspira- 
tors who proudly identify themselves as members of "Sally's 
gang." The inner ring includes roughly a dozen students who 
work for him, reading aloud his e-mails, sorting through the 
milk-crate file boxes that crowd his office, helping out with 
research tasks, and otherwise lending a hand on his projects 
(they're paid mostly with grant money obtained by Sally). 
The outer rings extend to about 50 others, including city of 
Chicago teachers and administrators. 

"He's really a great and cool guy. He's 77, but I like hang- 
ing out with him," says University of Chicago second-year 
student Jonathan Gleason, who came to Sally asking if the 
professor knew of any jobs available on campus and quickly 
found himself driving Sally around and helping to manage 
the Young Scholars Program. One of many students and 
allies to course through the office on that Friday in February 
was Christina Pei, who graduated from Chicago in 2006 and 
is now teaching at an experimental middle and high school 
in Flushing, New York. Pei says she flew in for the purpose 
of participating in Sally's gang activities, her chief destina- 
tion being the Young Scholars session the next morning, in 



SPRING 2010 

which she would be assisting as a counselor, someone who 
helps facilitate student discussion of math problems in small 
groups. After the Saturday session, Pei said, "Everything he 
does, I want to be part of." 

Bv all accounts, Sally's generosity is as outsized as his 
humor. The story is told of a farm girl from Italy who 
dreamed of pursuing graduate study in math at a great 
American institution, and was accepted by the University of 
Chicago. All she had to do was take the Test of English as a 
Foreign Language, or TOEFL, which she elected not to do, 
knowing she would almost certainly fail. 

The determined student journeyed to Chicago anyway 
(having mistakenly gone first to Minneapolis) and hung 
around the math department until she was allowed to begin 
sitting in on classes informally. School officials fully expect- 
ed that within weeks, she'd pack it in — though not for lack 
of math prowess. And they were right. 

One fall day in 1990, she sat at a pay phone in Eckhart 
Hall, tearing up as she booked a flight back to Italy. Sally 
walked past the pay phone at that moment. He signaled her 
to come to his office, and she left a short time later with a 
personal check for $1,000 and a plan to get squared away 
with the admissions office so she could begin drawing 
income as a graduate teaching assistant. 

That farm girl was Gigliola Staffilani, now Abby Rocke- 
feller Mauze Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Tech- 
nology and a leader in the field of pure mathematics. 
Staffilani says that whenever she sees Sally, she tells him 
that he made all the difference in her life and career. He 
says that's nonsense: It was her talent and drive that put her 
where she is today. 

"I don't agree with that. I would have never made it, with- 
out his help," Staffilani says in her hesitant English. "If I had 
gone back to Italy then, I would have never returned." The 
TOEFL test ceased to be an issue. Sally worked behind the 
scenes, and the next thing Staffilani knew, the requirement 
had been waived in her case. 


dale section on January 29, 1933, the son of a "jobber" who 
ran a one-man contracting business — plastering, roofing, 
and bricklaying — out of the trunk of his car. Sally earned 
a half-tuition scholarship to attend Boston College High 
School, where he was an all-star basketball player, and 
was lured with another half-tuition scholarship to Boston 
College. Both scholarships were for academic promise, and 
when asked about his scholarly feats at the University, Sally, 
who majored in math, responded with a long, loud laugh. 
"I muddled my way through," he says. "My grades were 
mediocre at best." 

At times too clever for his own good, he never saw the 
point of doing math homework as long as he could tackle 

the assigned problems in class. Sally relates that homework 
counted for 25 percent of the grade in one class; he scored 
100 on all the tests but racked up a final grade of 75, owing 
to his personal homework policy. 

John Ford, a retired social-work manager, was a Boston 
College classmate of Sally's and is now alumni chairman 
of the Class of '54. He went to hear his old friend speak in 
McGuinn Hall last December about the Algebra Initiative 
(Sally is a frequent visitor to Chestnut Hill). "He was just as 
brash as he was when he was an undergraduate. He was as 
much of a wise guy as ever," Ford says of the presentation 
in which Sally, among other zingers, dared a well-known 
textbook company to sue him for proclaiming loudly that 
its Algebra 1 text is an "absolute mathematical disgrace." 
This is part of the funny, earthy, tough-guy image that the 
Roslindale boy cultivates, but Ford and other friends say 
that Sally's true character is defined by his loyalty and grit. 
"He's there for people," is how Ford puts it. 

Shortly after graduating from Boston College, Ford 
was in Army basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Sally 
was dating Ford's sister in Somerville, Massachusetts, and 
Ford's girlfriend was back there, too. The soldier was home- 
sick, and Sally promised to drive down with Ford's sister 
and girlfriend. "Paul had an old, beat-up, mid-'30s car, and 
most of the floorboards were gone," the friend recalls. As 
luck would have it, on the weekend of the trip, the Northeast 
was battered by a hurricane. "He drove through the rain 
and wind . . . just so I could see my girlfriend," Ford says. "I 
knew he would get there in spite of the storm. It was sort of 
his character." 

Sally says he got a late start as a mathematician, by pro- 
fessional standards. He likes to quip that mathematicians 
do their best work when they're 21 years old (which is not 
so wild an exaggeration) and that at that age, he was drib- 
bling a basketball. Sally was also hitchhiking regularly the 
1 miles to the Heights from Dedham, where his family had 
moved. After graduating from Boston College, he stayed on 
to get a master's in math, in what was to him a "dream" situ- 
ation. He'd been offered an Intramural Fellowship, which 
involved assisting in intramural sports while pursuing grad- 
uate study. "They were paying my way to go to school, and I 
spent all my time in the gym," he remembers fondly; he also 
substitute-taught in Dedham public schools. "I hadn't yet 
caught the drift that you have to work hard at mathematics." 

The second year out of college, he taught full-time at 
Boston College High School while finishing his master's 
and moonlighting as a cab driver. Third year out, he worked 
at a mathematical consulting company in Carlisle, deploying 
the theorems for such functions as air traffic control, while 
teaching part-time at Regis College. 

Then, as he turned 25, came his day of decision. He was 
among the first Ph.D. math students admitted to Brandeis 



University, and he recalls that soon after arriving there, 
the chairman of the department pulled him aside and said, 
"Sally, we know about you. You're bright, but you're a 
screw-off. If you don't get to work, we'll throw you out on 
the street next week." Sally got serious and in addition to 
earning regard for his studies became a popular instructor 
on campus. Abram Sachar, the renowned first president 
of Brandeis, was once quoted in the student newspaper as 
complaining that the best teacher in the math department 
was a graduate student (Sally). 

Sally speaks of several moments in his young-adult life 
when friends nudged him to his next level of ambition and 
performance. These friends include the truck driver with 
whom he worked part-time delivering furniture during 
college, who told the young man he would not be happy 
for long in such an occupation (Sally at the time wasn't so 
sure); and an older, fellow math teacher at BC High who 
said teaching alone would never satisfy Sally's mathematical 
curiosities. Sally is not one to air reflections on how math- 
ematics became his calling or when he knew he had a gift 
for it. As he often does when asked a personal question, he 
answers with a question — "How do you know you want to 
play for the Boston Celtics? It's a dream." 

At Brandeis Sally met a woman named Judith Flanagan 
Donovan, whom he married in 1959; the couple had three 
children, all boys, while he was still in graduate school. Two 

of his sons are in education — one as a curriculum director at 
a public high school with two campuses in Chicago suburbs, 
the other as a management professor at Dartmouth College. 
The third son is a partner in a Boston law firm. Judith 
Sally retired in 2002 as a math professor at Northwestern 
University and has coauthored two books with her hus- 
band, including most recently, Roots to Research: A Vertical 
Development of Mathematical Problems, published by the 
American Mathematical Society in 2007. Sally is currently 
working on two more books, one with Diane Herrmann and 
one on his own. 

Sally went to the University of Chicago to teach in 1965, 
and never left. But he made his name as a research mathema- 
tician during two visiting stints, in the late 1960s and early 
1970s, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. 
There, with his colleague J. A. Shalika, and under the influ- 
ence of the famed Indian mathematician Harish-Chandra, 
he cranked out a series of acclaimed papers in the area of 
representation theory, notably in harmonic analysis, which 
involves the examination of basic waves in physics. Sally 
received particular recognition for his work on the related 
topic of p-adic analysis, which the average intelligent person 
"has no business knowing about," as he told an interviewer. 
(Staffilani says that Sally's lecture on that subject at a 2007 
MIT symposium is generally remembered as the most 
impressive mathematics presentation there in recent years.) 

All the while, Sally kept a hand in math education at the 
lower levels, teaching weekly classes and making special 
presentations at elementary and middle schools in Chicago. 
He made a grander entrance into that arena in 1983 as 
founding director of the University of Chicago School 
Mathematics Project, better known as "Chicago Math," a 
curriculum designed mainly for grade schools. Still used in 
educating an estimated four million children nationwide, 
its teaching materials and textbooks tie math to everyday 
activities such as counting money and playing cards. 

Four years into the Chicago Math experiment, Sally 

"I got fed up with the educational 
bureaucracy," Sally says, recalling school 
leaders who generally felt that the 
best way to engage students in math 
was to make the math easier. He wanted 
to make it more challenging. 

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Counselors, at lower left and standing, moderate discussion of a math question. 

departed as director, pointedly. "I got fed up with the edu- 
cational bureaucracy," he recalls, expressing the view that 
school leaders generally felt the best way to engage students 
in math was to make the math easier. He wanted to make it 
more challenging, in part by teaching the concepts behind 
simple mathematical operations — why any number multi- 
plied by zero equals zero, or why the product of two nega- 
tive numbers is always positive. 

Though one of the most illustrious, Sally is not the 
first mathematician to throw up his hands after seeking to 
elevate math instruction in America's schools from outside 
the classroom. Staffilani of MIT says that at professional 
meetings, mathematicians often vent about the halting pace 
of progress toward raising standards and reshaping cur- 
riculum. As Staffilani relates, Sally decided to take his effort 
"in a completely different direction." He went inside the 
Chicago school system and straight to the teachers, "straight 
to the fact that if people know more, they can teach better." 
One has to know a lot of mathematics to teach the "simple 
things" with confidence, says Staffilani. 

This idea that if you want to teach math well, it helps to 
know math well, is behind all of Sally's outreach to teach- 

ers. And when he speaks of knowing math, he's not talking 
about calculation skills. In Sally's class, the best students of 
any age aren't necessarily the ones who tally up the answer 
first. They're the ones who use logic and reason and imagi- 
nation to devise a way, preferably an elegant way, of getting 
there. They enjoy the journey. 

Sally would want middle school teachers who attend 
his weekly SESAME classes to do more or less as he does 
on Saturday mornings at sessions of the Young Scholars 
Program. When he asked the two dozen teenage students 
that morning in February for the sum of all numbers 
between 1 and 1 1 1 , he wasn't looking for a single number. 
And he didn't drill his students on a rule for arriving at the 

After offering clues, he had the students break into dis- 
cussion groups, as they might at a college-level seminar on 
Chaucer. The students sat at rectangular tables and were 
assisted by six college students and one alumna, all belong- 
ing to "Sally's gang." 

At one table, University of Chicago third-year Kris 
Harper engaged two African-American and two Hispanic 
students (two boys, two girls) in conversation about ways 



of scaling the problem. Harper mentioned something called 
the "reverse-and-add-trick," and two of the young scholars 
interjected almost in unison, "Pascal's Triangle!" referring 
to a geometrical arrangement of numbers named for the 
1 7th-century French philosopher and mathematician Blaise 
Pascal. After five or 10 minutes, Sally gathered the counsel- 
ors to get reports on how the pupils were faring. He listened, 
shuffled to the blackboard and, with his uncovered eye an 
inch from the surface, chalked out the conclusion: 

n(n+ 1) 

111 (112) 

(The top part of the formula equals the bottom part, if 
"n" equals 111.) Sally's conclusion did not, of course, offer 
a bottom-line number, but took the students to the point 
where the rest was mere calculation. Sally then introduced 
the next of several problems he would raise that morning 
(he has a desk drawer full of suitable challenges collected 
over the years). 

Sally says too few eighth graders are taking algebra in 
Chicago and in inner cities elsewhere because their instruc- 
tors can't teach the subject. This matters, because a solid 
course of algebra puts eighth graders on track for calculus in 
1 2th grade, which is, for one thing, a factor in admission to 
many colleges and universities. The picture is getting bright- 
er in Chicago. Since it began in 2004, the Algebra Initiative 
has credentialed 311 middle-school teachers after running 
them through a challenging course of study and administer- 
ing a qualifying exam so rigorous that many teachers fail it 
on their first attempt. The end result is that more Chicago 
eighth graders are being steered into algebra — 12 percent 
last year, up from 7 percent in 2003, according to David 
Jabon, a math professor at DePaul University (another 
of the initiative's local university sponsors) and a former 
student of Sally's who is conducting an evaluation of the 

Sally likes to send his "young scholars" to the blackboard 
and otherwise put them on the hot seat, but he's gentler 
when teaching teachers, who tend to know less than those 
students. "He's infinitely patient with them," and careful, 
says John Boiler, his unofficial right-hand man and a senior 
lecturer in math at the University of Chicago. Sally's goal is 
to win their trust, which he does, not only in the classroom 
but also by his presence in the schools and his skill at work- 
ing with the school system. "He goes to bat for teachers like 
no one I've ever seen," says Hunt of Thorp Academy, who 
took Sally's classes in SESAME and now teaches SESAME 
classes in curriculum and instructional methods. She cites 
his advocacy of professional development for teachers, 

which includes lining up financial help for those who can't 
come up with the tuition for SESAME. 


often gets from funders and policy makers is: When are 
you going to "scale up?" On the one hand, he's dismissive 
of the suggestion. "If I could do eighth-grade algebra in 
Chicago schools, it's already scaled up," he says, alluding 
to the size of that school system, with 409,000 students. 
On the other hand, he is looking to expand, evangelizing 
far and wide about the Algebra Initiative, with presenta- 
tions in San Francisco last January at the annual joint 
meeting of the American Mathematical Society of America 
and the Mathematical Association of America, as well as 
articles in preparation for professional journals. Cuoco of 
the Education Development Center says Sally is involved 
in a push to bring the Algebra Initiative to his native 
Boston through a partnership with the Hub's public schools, 
Northeastern University, and the center. "Boston's interest- 
ed," Cuoco says, adding that foundation funding will be the 
key. Meanwhile, across the Charles River, in Cambridge, 
the Harvard Extension School has been replicating the 
SESAME formula since 200 1 . 

Solomon Friedberg, chairman of the math department 
at Boston College and a former student of Sally's at the 
University of Chicago, is among the research mathemati- 
cians who tell of how they were drawn to math education 
largely because of Sally. "For me, it was inspirational" to 
see a top researcher in the field involved in K-8 education, 
he says. Using almost the same words, Boston University 
professor Glenn Stevens, who is not a former Sally stu- 
dent, recalls that as a young mathematician in the mid-to- 
late 1980s, "I was always inspired by Sally's presence at 
meetings." Stevens is himself a number theorist. He also 
directs PROMYS (Program in Mathematics for Young 
Scientists), and he serves as principal investigator for Focus 
on Mathematics, two Boston-area programs that foster 
professional development among teachers and math abil- 
ity in children and teens. He says Sally and the "warmth 
of his community" of research mathematicians was an 
encouraging sign to him that one could succeed as a scholar 
while forging links with schoolteachers and young students. 
Sally's full effect in this regard "can't be measured, but it's 
been really significant," Stevens observes. 

The math pirate shoves aside questions about why he's 
committed to math at every level. When pressed, he says he 
"sees a need" and goes from there. The 77-year-old does say 
he intends to keep on teaching — "for as long as I can find the 
blackboard." m 

Paul Sally talks about the Algebra Initiative before a Boston 
College audience, in video at Full Story, 




Mathematics at Boston College has journeyed far since the days 
when proofs and problems were at times taught by Jesuits who 
doubled as French or philosophy instructors. And the latest 
testament to that headway is the launching of a new doctoral 
program in mathematics at the University. 

The math Ph.D. is set to begin in the fall after getting the 
Board of Trustees imprimatur. It will focus primarily on two 
research areas, according to math department chair Solomon 
Friedberg: number theory/representation theory, which has 
applications for the secure 
transmittal of information 
on the Internet, for example; 
and geometry/typology, the 
far-flung applications of 
which include the study of 
curved space in the cosmos. 

Friedberg says the ad- 
vanced program will draw 
top scholars of these pur- 
suits and will help attract 
students from the next 
generation of research math- 
ematicians to Boston 
College. It will be the first 
new Ph.D. in the College 
of Arts and Sciences since 
sociology, political science, 
and theology were added 
40 years ago. The School of 
Nursing accepted its first 
doctoral students in 1988. 

The administration has 
sponsored an extensive 

academic review of the math department over the past couple 
of years, conducted by three outside mathematicians from in- 
stitutions prominent in the field. The evaluation team reported, 
among other findings, that the department exhibits an "out- 
standing" level of purpose and collegiality; that the University 
"now has research faculty in mathematics that one would ex- 
pect to see at institutions like Michigan or Columbia," and that 
the establishment of a Ph.D. program would etch Boston Col- 
lege onto "the national map" in this discipline. 

Paul Sally '54, MA'56, a leading research mathematician and 
a professor at the University of Chicago (see story, page 16), 
underscores Friedberg's role in advancing research and other 
aspects of the department at Boston College. "He's turned the 
place on its ear. It's really abuzz now," Sally says of his former 
graduate student at Chicago, who arrived in Chestnut Hill in 
1996 and became chairman three years ago. 

The chairman pushes some of the credit back to Sally, who, 
for one thing, urged Boston College to recruit Friedberg as a 
professor and then persuaded him to accept an appointment. 

Professor Robert AAeyerhoff (left), the math department's assistant chair 
for graduate studies, and Friedberg, the department's chair 

(Sally has made similar interventions with regard to other new 
professors at Boston College, where the math department has 
hired seven ladder-rank faculty over the past 15 years.) "I've 
certainly called him up a number of times, asking advice" about 
departmental matters, Friedberg notes, pointing also to Sally's 
frequent presentations at Boston College. 

A half dozen or so doctoral students will enter the new pro- 
gram in the fall. A notice recently posted by the department on 
the American Mathematical Society's website says, "Our pro- 
gram will be small, thereby 
facilitating close interac- 
tion between students and 
faculty." In addition to the 
research priorities, Friedberg 
says, the doctoral program 
will put emphasis on train- 
ing "effective communica- 
tors of mathematics" for 
teaching and writing. 

Although Latin, Greek, 
and religion were privileged 
subjects at Boston Col- 
lege during the early years, 
mathematics was part of 
a cluster of other subjects 
(including history and geog- 
raphy) taught from the be- 
ginning. During the 1950s, 
the School of Education 
gained repute as a leader 
in the preparation of math 
teachers for primary and 
secondary schools, at least 
partly through the efforts of Stanley Bezuska, SJ, and his Boston 
College Institute of Modern Mathematics, now the Mathemat- 
ics Institute. The math department has long offered master's 
degrees through the Lynch School of Education — including a 
master's of science in teaching— and through the Carroll School 
of Management. Two years ago, the department began partner- 
ing with MIT in creation of the BC-MIT Number Theory Seminar, 
a series of high-profile lectures focusing on developments in 
that field. On Boston College's end, the seminar is organized by 
Friedberg and associate professor Ben Howard. 

At the undergraduate level, the University will institute next 
year a bachelor of science degree in math to complement the 
bachelor of arts. New, yearlong courses in algebra and analy- 
sis will allow BS students to "learn these key areas of math 
in greater depth at the upper-division level," says Friedberg. 
He adds that the BA program will remain strong and espe- 
cially suited for those who are preparing to teach math at the 
pre-collegiate level or are double-majoring in math and a non- 
quantitative field. —William Bole 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

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In America, the living aren't always in charge 


very year Forbes magazine publishes its list of "Top-Earning Dead Celeb- 
rities." As the editors explained in the 2006 edition, "A nail in the casket 
is hardly the end for some stars. Instead, their work, as well as their iconic images, con- 
tinues to appeal to fans who remember them, and to those born long after they died." » 

opposite: Double Elvis (1963) by Andy Warhol 

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Top earners noted that year included the musicians Kurt 
Cobain, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Ray Charles, and 
Johnny Cash, as well as such writers and artists as Charles 
M. Schulz, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Theodor Geisel, better 
known as Dr. Seuss. The list also included Marilyn Monroe 
and Albert Einstein, both of whom have had highly lucra- 
tive posthumous careers not because of continued sales of 
their work but rather through the marketing of their name 
and image. 

More recently, a new record has been set for posthumous 
moneymaking. In the seven weeks after Michael Jackson's 
death on June 25, 2009, the star's estate reportedly earned 
$100 million (from, among other things, a film deal, a 
commemorative coin, a line of school supplies, and a $150 
coffee-table book); the estate was expected to earn another 
$100 million by the end of 2009. 

In order for the public's interest in dead celebrities to 
translate into dollars, the law must provide a mechanism 
that allows some, but not others, to profit. Shakespeare's 
work continues to sell, and his image is iconic, but 
Shakespeare is not a top earner. People do not need to pay 
to reproduce his works or image because both belong to the 
public domain. 

The two legal rights that make it possible for dead celeb- 
rities to continue to generate revenue are the right of pub- 
licity, which allows a person to control the exploitation of 
his or her image, and copyright law, which allows a person 
to control the exploitation of his or her creations. In recent 
years in this country, these rights have grown in signifi- 
cant ways, providing posthumous protections never before 

invasion of privacy do not apply once a person is no longer 
counted among the living. 


an individual to own, protect, and profit from 
the commercial value of his or her name, pic- 
ture, and likeness and to prevent others from unfairly 
appropriating this value for commercial benefit. 

This concept was born as a component of the right of 
privacy, which has its American origins in an 1890 Harvard 
Law Review article written by Boston law partners Samuel 
Warren and Louis Brandeis. In that article, Warren and 
the future Supreme Court justice Brandeis urged courts 
to recognize the development of a common law right to 
privacy, which in time the courts did. As the law developed, 
however, the right of publicity became a stand-alone right 
more powerful in scope and duration than traditional pri- 
vacy protection. 

In its conception, the right of publicity protected indi- 
viduals' privacy, preventing their identities from being 
used in advertisements without their permission. One of 
the first cases under this claim was brought in 1902 by 
Abigail Roberson, a young woman in Rochester, New York. 
Roberson's portrait was copied from a studio photograph 
and used without her authorization by a flour company on 
its posters (with the punning slogan "Flour of the Family" 

I n recent years, the right of publicity and copyright law have 

grown, providing posthumous protections never before seen. They 

are part of a trend in which Americans have been granted ever 

greater rig] its to control their property interests after death. 

seen in history. They are part of a larger trend in which 
Americans have been granted ever greater rights to control 
their property interests after death. 

At the same time, American law provides only scant pro- 
tections for the interests we hold most dear: our bodies and 
our reputations. That's because established law holds that 
we have no enforceable rights to control what happens to 
our bodies after death. As well, claims for defamation and 

under her image). The posters were distributed to 25,000 
stores, warehouses, and saloons, and Roberson claimed she 
was "greatly humiliated by the scoffs and jeers" of people 
who recognized her face. Her suit proved unsuccessful — the 
court refused to recognize her interest in the absence of rel- 
evant legislation — but the public outcry from the decision in 
Roberson v. Rochester Folding Box Co. caused the New York 
legislature to enact a statute in 1905 explicitly prohibiting 


use of a person's name, portrait, or picture for advertising 
purposes without consent. 

In other states, it was the courts that developed a right ot 
publicity, in the absence of legislation. Thus, shortly after the 
Roberson decision, a similar case arose in Georgia when an 
insurance company printed the photograph of a little-known 
artist, Paolo Pavesich, in an advertisement for its product. A 
supposed testimonial accompanied Pavesich's picture: "In 
my healthy and productive period of life I bought insurance 
in the New England Mutual Life Insurance Co., of Boston, 
Mass., and to-day my family is protected and I am draw- 
ing an annual dividend on my paid-up policies." Pavesich 
had never purchased life insurance from the company, 
nor had he agreed to the use of his image, which had been 
obtained from a local photographer. He filed suit complain- 
ing that the advertisement caused him great embarrassment 
among his friends. The court, in finding for Pavesich, recog- 
nized his interest as stemming from the right to control his 
privacy: "The right to withdraw from the public gaze at such 
times as a person may see fit, when his presence in public is 
not demanded by any rule of law, is also embraced within 
the right of personal liberty." The Pavesich case marked the 
first time that a judicial decision explicitly respected the right 
of publicity. 

Although these early cases and the legislation they 
spawned were sufficient to address the concerns of private 
individuals seeking to stay out of the public eye, they were ill 
suited to the needs of another group of individuals — those 
who wanted to control (and profit from) the marketing of 
their image. In 1953, the case of Haelan Laboratories, Inc. v. 
Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. illustrated this limitation. The case 
arose from the fact that baseball players had granted Haelan 
Laboratories, a chewing gum company, the exclusive right 
to feature their pictures on baseball cards. Another chew- 
ing gum company, Topps, subsequently produced its own 
baseball cards with pictures of the same players. Although 
the state of New York had a statutory right of privacy at 
that time, it did not cover this situation. The right of privacy 
could not be asserted by Haelan since that right was seen 
as personal to the baseball players and not assignable. As 
for the players, they had already waived their reputational 
interest when they consented to appear on Haelan's cards; 
their privacy could not have been harmed by the subse- 
quent exposure, and therefore they could not sue on their 
own behalf. 

To address this difficulty, and to bring the right of public- 
ity more in line with market realities, the New York court 
moved away from viewing the right of publicity as a purely 
personal interest and refrained the interest as being more 
akin to property, and thus capable of assignment: "We 
think that in addition to and independent of that right of 
privacy ... a man has a right in the publicity value of his 

photograph. . . . Whether it be labelled a 'property' right is 
immaterial; for here, as often elsewhere, the tag 'property' 
simply symbolizes the fact that courts enforce a claim which 
has pecuniary worth." 

This conceptual shift — from a personal interest to a 
property interest — may have seemed nominal at the time, 
but over the past 57 years, the effects have been dramatic. 
Haelan Laboratories, Inc. v. Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. began a 
transformation of the legal landscape that paved the way for 
a new billion-dollar industry in the marketing of celebrity 


growth of this marketplace. First, it is relatively 
V\^_^y easy to assert rights with respect to property 
interests. To enforce a claim of invasion of privacy, an indi- 
vidual has to prove that he or she has suffered damages as a 
result of the invasion. When it comes to property interests, 
however, the law essentially presumes damages any time a 
person's property is used without permission. 

Moreover, once the right of publicity was designated as 
a property interest, it could be transferred to others (sold 
during life or passed on through a will). Eventually, perhaps 
inevitably, publicity interests began to be held and devel- 
oped as corporate assets. 

To get a sense of the extent of this phenomenon, 
one need look no further than Indianapolis-based CMG 
Worldwide (Indiana, not coincidentally, offers some of the 
most extensive protections for the right of publicity in the 
nation). CMG owns the publicity rights to hundreds of 
individuals, including, in the words of its chief executive, 
"the greatest legends in history." Among these are the actors 
James Dean, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, and Marlon 
Brando, musicians such as Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry, 
Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Don McLean, and sports 
greats Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Lou Gehrig, 
and Jesse Owens. Other CMG "clients" include Malcolm X, 
Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Lee Strasberg, Mark Twain, 
and Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Since the days of the first baseball cards, the right of 
publicity has expanded in scope to protect far more than a 
person's image. As legal scholar Rosemary J. Coombe has 
described the transition: 

The right of publicity . . . now extends to a person's nick- 
name, signature, physical pose, characterizations, singing 
style, vocal characteristics, body parts, frequently used 
phrases, car, performance style, mannerisms, and gestures, 

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provided that these are distinctive and publicly identified 
with the person claiming the right. 

Today, virtually anything suggestive of a famous person 
is likely protected by the right of publicity. For example, the 
late-night talk show host Johnny Carson successfully sued 
to stop a portable toilet company from using the phrase 
"Here's Johnny," and the Wheel of Fortune television model 
Vanna White succeeded in shutting down a commercial for 
Samsung in which a robot in an evening dress and blonde 
wig turned letters on a mock game show. The singer Bette 
Midler brought an end to a Ford Motor Company advertise- 
ment featuring a chanteuse who encroached on her singing 
style, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was able to enjoin a 
Christian Dior advertisement that used a look-alike model. 

When the right of publicity was a personal, reputational 
right, it ended at an individual's death. However, when it 
became an economic interest — and could be sold — pressure 
grew from families, corporations, individuals, and their law- 
yers to endow it with another attribute of property — trans- 
ferability at death. 

Today most states provide, by either statute or common 
law, that the right of publicity survives the deceased. The 
durations favored by these states range from 10 years to a 
century. The most common provision, however, is 50 years. 
Tennessee (former home of Elvis Presley) provides for a 
potentially endless duration because it allows the right of 
publicity to continue so long as there is commercial exploi- 
tation of it. 


ly split personality with regard to reputation 
after death — and this is true whether legis- 
lators or judges have taken the lead. Where reputational 
interests blend with or have been converted into property 
interests, the law has moved toward granting greater rights 
to the deceased (through their assignees), regardless of the 
costs and constraints this may impose on the living. But in 
the areas of law most directly concerned with reputation — 
defamation and privacy — we strictly adhere to the position 
that a person has no interests after death. 

Consider a Louisiana case several years ago involving the 
murder of a husband and wife by one of their six children. 
As if the event were not lurid enough, a television station 
reporting on it added the following tidbit: "In an odd twist to 
this story, sources close to the investigation say that David 
Johnson, Sr., and his wife Ruby were also twins, brother 
and sister." This remarkable detail was false, and the other 

children of the murder victims brought a defamation suit 
against the station on behalf of their deceased parents. 
However, the court ruled that no claim could be made 
because the parents' reputations no longer existed. "Once a 
person is dead," the decision reads, "there is no extant repu- 
tation to injure or for the law to protect." 

It is commonly argued that the law of defamation (the 
umbrella term for the legal claims of libel and slander) need 
not extend beyond life because a dead person is beyond 
harm or benefit. But what about family members and other 
loved ones? Surely they suffer when falsehoods are pub- 
lished. Nonetheless, the law is clear that family members 
cannot sue for defamation of loved ones (whether alive 
or dead). 

State legislatures periodically have taken up proposals 
that would allow defamation claims to survive the deceased, 
but these attempts have largely been unsuccessful. In 1986, 
for example, the New York legislature considered adopting 
a statute whereby family members could bring a defama- 
tion claim within five years of a person's death. The bill 
was considered in a variety of forms over multiple years, 
but it never passed. To date, the only state to enact any 
protections against defamation of the dead is Rhode Island. 
However, the Rhode Island protections are extremely lim- 
ited — applying only to remarks made in an obituary within 
three months of a person's death. 

A dead person's living intentions with respect to prop- 
erty are protected through the legal system of probate, 
which appoints a representative of the deceased's wishes 
for the limited time necessary to distribute the estate. There 
is no similar system for tending to a person's reputation. As 
legal scholar J. Thomas McCarthy observes, it is a settled 
principle of American law that "pop history writers and 
gossip magazines [can] roar away about the dead. ... If 
offspring and relatives are upset, their remedy is to respond 
with the truth." 

In recent years one notable exception has emerged. It 
involves government releases of information to the public 
under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and 
similar statutes at the state level. FOIA contains a privacy 
exception that allows the government to refrain from dis- 
closing items that might violate a person's right to privacy. 
This exception enables the government to withhold indi- 
vidual tax returns, as well as other material considered to 
be personal, from release to the public at large. Generally 
speaking, the privacy exception in FOIA does not protect 
the interests of people who are no longer living. In 2004, 
however, the Supreme Court considered application of the 
exception to death-scene photographs of the body of Vince 
Foster, President Clinton's deputy counsel, after Foster pur- 
portedly committed suicide. The Court ruled that although 
Foster himself no longer had a right of privacy (because he 




was dead), his family was entitled to use the privacy protec- 
tions of FOIA to keep the images from being divulged. In 
issuing this ruling, the Court made clear that it was protect- 
ing not the dead per se but the interests of the living. 

A similar analysis was used to avoid disclosing tapes of 
9 1 1 emergency calls made by dying victims of the 2003 
Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, as 
well as the dying words of callers to 9 1 1 emergency opera- 

this expansion has served to increase the economic value of 
copyrights, it has not been without costs. The extension 
of copyright has limited public access to creative output and 
curtailed the creation of other works. 

Many Americans were surprised, for example, when 
the family of Martin Luther King, Jr., sued USA Today in 
1993 for publishing the "I Have a Dream" speech without 
first paying for it. They were even more surprised when 

Does it make sense thai the law permits publication of the 
most intimate facts of a dead person's life— and even the publication 
of lies about that person— yet printing his or her image on a 
T-shirt or greeting card can be controlled for decades? 

tors on September 1 1, 2001, from the World Trade Center 

Although these cases may seem to extend privacy protec- 
tions to family members, it is important to note that they 
only limit access to information held by a government. 
Courts continue to refuse to recognize general privacy 
claims brought by relatives of the dead against other, private 


means for enforcing an individual's wishes 
beyond the moment of death — whether 
with respect to body parts, property, or reputation — it 
gives to the deceased a degree of immortality, as well as 
some measure of power over the living. And so the question 
should be asked: Does it make sense that the law permits 
publication of the most intimate facts of a dead person's 
life — publication of lies, even — yet printing the same per- 
son's image on a T-shirt or greeting card can be controlled 
for decades? 

Like the right of publicity, copyright has grown in scope 
and duration. In the earliest days of the republic, copyright 
applied only to books, maps, and charts and lasted for just 
14 years. Today copyright applies to all creative expressions 
and gives control over the original as well as all derivative 
works until 70 years after the death of the creator. Although 

the paper compensated the estate $1,700 in settlement. 
The family has exerted a stranglehold on King's image and 
words. Even the foundation that is building a memorial to 
Dr. King on the National Mall has been required to pay for 
the use of his words and image in its fundraising materials — 
some $800,000 as of April 2009. When publicity rights are 
owned by corporate entities with large legal departments, 
enforcement can be even more aggressive. 

America grants more rights to the dead than any other 
country in the world. And over the course of our historv, 
these rights have increased significantly. Why? In part, the 
reason has to do with the incremental, almost stealthy, 
nature of change in the laws: The overarching trend has 
gone unnoticed because the evolution has occurred in dis- 
creet areas of the law and often at the state level. 

No doubt there are cultural reasons as well. As the British 
historian Arnold Toynbee wrote in 1968: "For Americans, 
death is un-American and an affront to every citizen's 
inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happi- 
ness." Given Americans' anti-death stance, it is not surpris- 
ing that American law has embraced rules that would deny 
death its ultimate power. 

Ray D. Madoff is a professor at Boston College Law School. Her essay 
is drawn and adapted from her book Immortality and the Law: The Ris- 
ing Power of the American Dead (copyright © 2010 by Ray D. Madoff) 
by permission of Yale University Press. The book may be purchased at 
a discount from the Boston College Bookstore via 

"Death Grip," a One Question video interview with Ray Madoff, 
can be seen at Full Story, 



Senior moments 

Photographs by Gary Wayne Gilbert 

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In the fall of 2006, BCAA photographer 
Gary Wayne Gilbert created portraits 
of six members of the Class of 2010 
during their first semester as freshmen. 
He repeated the process just about 
four years later, in the spring of their 
senior year, framing their time at Boston 
College. This April, BCAA also gave the 
seniors a wide-ranging questionnaire, 
seeking answers they likeiy didn't have 
in September 2006. Posing on the steps 
of Burns Library for their only group 
photo are these seniors, from left: Maria 
Perez, Marlon Thompson, Erin Hannah, 
Joseph Zabinski, Jonathan Flowers, and 
Sarah Lang. Their portraits and responses 
follow. — Thomas Cooper 

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Maria Perez 

Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, a nursing major (photographed in O'Neill Library) 

My parents always say I was born 70 years old. Four years ago, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. You don't 
usually study nursing while being pre-med, but that was what I was going to do. The nursing dean was 
able to help me out, bend some rules. 

favorite course: Nursing Synthesis Clinical Lab. 

favorite extracurricular: Operation Walk Boston, a medical 

mission providing joint replacements for indigent citizens in my 

home country of the Dominican Republic. I was able to help with 


favorite place in boston: The Cambridge-side bank of the 

Charles River. 

favorite place on campus: Linden Lane. 


summer, between freshman and sophomore year. 

best guest lecture you attended: "Facing the Complexity 
of Health Care" by Atul Gawande. 


hillside or eagles nest: Hillside. 

hockey or basketball: Hockey. 

plato or aristotle: Aristotle. 

bapst or o'neill: Theology and Ministry Library. 

a transformational moment: In brief, February 7, 2010. 

ambition: To write a book. 

next year: Yale University School of Medicine. 

Joseph Zabinski 

Latham, New York, a physics and German studies major (photographed outside Lyons Hall) 

Physics and German were two things I never studied in high school, so I thought I'd give them a try. 
Physics is the closest thing to magic that's real — how stars work, why a piece of metal is a big quantum 
mechanical system. 

favorite course: Classical Mechanics, the most difficult and 

most rewarding class I've taken. 

favorite extracurricular: University Wind Ensemble (I play 

the French horn). 

favorite place in boston: Symphony Hall, or Chinatown. 

favorite place on campus: The statue of St. Ignatius outside 

Higgins (and also my current home, Mod 14B). 


Virginia Tech in football, 2007— the entire student body flood- 
ing the campus in celebration the night before I had a 9 a.m. 

best guest lecture you attended: A talk on sphere packing 
in higher dimensions. I don't remember the lecturer's name, 

but he had some fascinating commentary on the intersection of 
mathematics and philosophy. 


hillside or eagles nest: Hillside— for the Fanta ginger ale. 
hockey or basketball: Basketball, though it's nice to have the 
best hockey team in the country. 

plato or aristotle: Aristotle (happiness and golden means). 
bapst or o'neill: Bapst— for looking like a library. 
a transformational moment: Realizing that it actually is pos- 
sible to combine physics, music, and German studies in a thesis. 
ambition: To strive, to connect, to understand, and to help oth- 
ers in ways I haven't yet discovered. 
next year: Fulbright Scholarship in Vienna, Austria. 

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Marlon Thompson 

Roxbury, Massachusetts, a finance major (photographed in Fulton Hall) 

/ imagined I would go into teaching or public service, but I wanted to be in a business school. Because of 
the Carroll School I've become a more concrete thinker with regard to what actually has to happen for 
there to be social change. 

favorite course: Ethics. 

favorite extracurricular: Intramural basketball and Caribbean 

Culture Club. 

favorite place in boston: The South End. 

favorite place on campus: The quad. 

most memorable event of past four years: All of it has been 


best guest lecture you attended: Spike Lee. 


hillside or eagles nest: Hillside. 

hockey or basketball: Basketball, but hockey has done bet- 
ter over the fours years I've attended. 
plato or aristotle: Plato. 

bapst or o'neill: Bapst for the scenery, O'Neil to get work 

a transformational moment: Second semester sophomore 
year, I got behind, found my focus, and buckled down. 
ambition: To be successful and give back. 
next year: Getting my feet wet in finance, to figure out if it's 
my calling. 

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Erin Hannah 

Newtonville, Massachusetts, a biology/premed major (photographed outside Bapst Library) 

/ switched my major four or five times between freshman and sophomore year. I was always in the 
pre-med program, but I was a music major for a little bit, and I explored history. Right before I changed 
to biology I was a biology and psychology double-major with a Spanish minor. 

favorite course: Human Anatomy. 

favorite extracurricular: BC Women's Water Polo Team. 

favorite place in boston: Newbury Street near the Public 

Garden and the Common. 

favorite place on campus: The Higgins Hall atrium. 


on the Heights I attended with my family sophomore year. 
best guest lecture you attended: "The Last Lecture" by Fr. 
Michael Himes. 




hockey or basketball: Basketball, definitely. 



a transformational moment: The first BC football game I 

went to, freshman year. I realized how big the BC community is 

and how much support our school has. It was overwhelming in a 

good way, and I think it was the first time I felt like I belonged at 


ambition: To become an integral part of the health care field and 

help people in need. 

next year: New York City to attend Columbia University Nursing 


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Sarah Lang 

Bellevue, Nebraska, a theater and political science major (photographed outside Devlin Hall) 

/ tutored in a prison after freshman year. It's a majority black population, and you can't walk in there 
and not think, what's going on? You can't walk around that part of town, or serve at a homeless shelter, 
and not think, something's going on. And seeing how these guys cycle back into prison. One of the 
prisoners, who ended up getting his GED, asked me, do you think this is ever going to go away? And I 
couldn't say, yes, this is going away. 

favorite course: Contemporary Theater and Drama with Scott 

T. Cummings. 

favorite extracurricular: Living in the Bonn Studio Theater! 

favorite place in boston: Boston Public Library courtyard. 

favorite place on campus: Bapst lawn in the sun. 

most memorable event of past four years: The first time I 

stayed in Bapst all night. The sun set through the windows on one 

side and rose on the other. 

best guest lecture you attended: Robert Brustein on Angels in 

America and the state of the American stage. 

"sweet Caroline" or "build me up buttercup": Sweeeeet 

Caroline Whoa-Oh-Oh! 

hillside or eagles nest: I came for the Eagles Nest chili. 

hockey or basketball: Don't have much time for either. 

plato or aristotle: Aristotle — slightly more arts friendly. 

bapst or o'neill: BAPST!!! 

a transformational moment: AAy first request for a paper 

extension, sophomore year. 

ambition: To love well, honestly, and often. 

next year: Teaching in the St. Louis Public School district. 

Jonathan Flowers 

Tulsa, Oklahoma, a human development/English major (photographed in O'Neill Library atrium) 

Over the past four years, I've had pet interests in everything from number theory to comparative 
linguistics. I'm proud of all kinds of new skill sets, like cooking. Recently, I started to paint, and my 
girlfriend taught me how to make beer. I've made six batches. 

favorite course: The Whitman Tradition with Kern, Intro to 

Sign Language with Mulligan, Honors Seminar with Martin. 

favorite extracurricular: Sound production for the sketch 

comedy troupe Hello . . . Shovelhead! Shovelfriends are forever 


favorite place in boston: The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica 


favorite place on campus: That low climbing tree with the 

pink (I think they're pink) blossoms in the quad. 

most memorable event of past four years: Staying up till 

6 a.m. in Bath, England, to see Obama accept the nomination. 

best guest lecture you attended: Linton Kwesi Johnson 

performing his dub poetry. 


them both. 


hockey or basketball: Hockey, although I only went to one 

plato or aristotle: Plato, but really only because Socrates is 
such a lovable, crotchety old man. 

bapst or o'neill: O'Neill. I feel like I'm in church in Bapst. 
a transformational moment: Each time I visited the Musee 
d'Orsay in Paris, and hiking in Wales. 

ambition: To counsel others well and often, to continue my hob- 
bies, to be really happy, and to work. 
next year: At BC for a master's in counseling psychology. 




40 Recycling 

Old-time religion for 
these times 

42 Raison d'art 

Seeing into the middle 
of things 


By Thomas H. Groome 

Old-time religion for these times 

had a bog across the way. The bog 
provided good turf to heat the homes of 
the local people. But gradually it got cut 
away and went into disuse, and there it lay, 
soggy and overgrown. The government 
launched what it called a reclamation proj- 
ect to drain it and clear it. When the work 
was done, the bog provided fertile soil for 
vegetables and fruit — and that was my first 
encounter with the word reclaim. 

The American Catholic community 
prior to the Second Vatican Council in 
1962-65 can be numbered among the 
most vital expressions of Catholicism 
in the history of the Church. It was a 
vast network of vibrant parishes, with 
myriad associations and organizations and 
overflowing Sunday Mass attendance; it 
boasted as many as eight million students 
enrolled in Catholic schools, the largest 
independent educational system in the 

history of the world. Across the country, 
there were Church-sponsored coalitions 
of hospitals and social services, and, with 
American seminaries and novitiates thriv- 
ing, there were priests, sisters, and broth- 
ers enough to export thousands as mis- 
sionaries. Catholics must have been doing 
something very right back then. 

To reclaim key perspectives and prac- 
tices from that era would be neither nos- 
talgic nor naive. And it would not mean 
to repeat, without reservation or imagina- 
tion, what was. This is now, and that was 
then. Yet, it is surely true that reclaiming 
spiritual wisdom from the pre-Vatican II 
era can enrich the faith lives of Catholics 

In what scholars identify as a "summary 
statement," Jesus says in the Gospel of 
Matthew (13:52), "Every scribe who has 
been instructed in the kingdom of heaven 
is like the head of a household who brings 



Digital rosaries for sale in Vatican City in 2007 

forth from the storeroom both the new 
and the old." That message — of a Christian 
faith of enduring vitality — is echoed in 
Jesus's conversation with the Samaritan 
woman at the well (John 4:10-14), when 
Jesus promises her, and Christians ever 
after, that his Gospel will be like fresh 
waters, "welling up to eternal life." 


prior to 1 962 experienced Vatican II as 
what Pope John XXIII said it would be, a 
monumental aggiornamento — updating 
and renewing — of the Church, or as John 
quipped informally, "an opening of the 
window to let in fresh air." Later, Pope 
John Paul II hailed the council as "a provi- 
dential event," one of "utmost importance 
in the two-thousand-year history of the 
Church," and the "beginning of a new 
era." Yet the whole project might be sum- 
marized as a reclaiming, from the early 

Christian communities, of the radical the- 
ology of baptism — radical in that baptism 
is the root (Latin, radix) of who Christians 
are and should be as disciples of Jesus. 
Vatican II took seriously our baptis- 
mal bonding with Jesus Christ as "priest, 
prophet, and ruler." In the pews and 
on the altar, this was experienced as a 
transformed and participatory liturgy, 
emphasizing both word and sacrament 
and celebrated in the local language; as 
a heightened attention to the Church's 
social teachings, making clear the mandate 
of faith to do God's will for justice and 
peace, "on earth as it is done in heaven"; 
and as a penetrating awareness of the 
communal nature of the Church to be 
a "body of Christ," a community of co- 
responsible sharers in Jesus's mission. 
Additional developments would include 
ecumenical outreach to other Christians, 
interfaith dialogue with other religions, 

the renewal of religious life, and the emer- 
gence of parish and diocesan councils 
(a first seed of democracy). For younger 
generations of Catholics, all this and more 
is taken for granted; but for those of us of 
prior vintage, Vatican II was an earthquake 
with 40 years of aftershocks. The typical 
Catholic then did not recognize the deep 
continuity with the treasury of Christian 
tradition. Many experienced instead a 
great discontinuity with custom. 

Almost overnight, we went from the 
priest who began Mass with his back to 
the people and his face toward an impos- 
ing altar, whispering in Latin, to the priest 
who greets congregants across a table with 
a cheery "good morning" and an invitation 
to worship together. The Catholic Church 
entered the council referring to Protestants 
as "heretics" and came out calling them 
"our brothers and sisters in Christ." Such 
changes were bound to feel traumatic. 

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In hindsight, many of the changes were 
poorly catechized and often overstated 
to the point that people heard only a call 
to abandon old ways. When the Church 
decided, for example, to suspend the 
law of Friday abstinence outside Lent, 
Catholics should have been encouraged to 
continue the weekly practice of giving up 
meat as good ascetical discipline (indeed, 
the 1966 papal document announcing 
the change urged as much). Instead, the 
message most often was, "It's no longer 
a sin to eat meat on Fridays," and a tradi- 
tion dating back to the early centuries was 
simply abandoned. We have time yet to 
reclaim that practice and, while not plac- 
ing it under "pain of sin," to continue it 
voluntarily, as an opportunity to express 
solidarity with the poor and remember the 
Lord's crucifixion on Good Friday. 

Among adolescent and young adult 
Catholics, there is a phenomenon now 
of returning to practices of pre- Vatican 
II Catholicism. It arises out of a growing 
feeling that their baby-boomer parents 
may have deprived them of something 
valuable by setting aside too many of 
the old Catholic ways. The risk, how- 
ever, is that young Catholics will simply 
repeat past practices rather than build 
on accumulated wisdom in reclaim- 
ing them. Consider devotion to Mary. 
The Church after Vatican II rightly re- 
centered Catholics' focus on Jesus, on 
sacred Scripture, and on the liturgy — with 
reforms that reduced the sometimes 
excessive attention to Mary in Catholic 
piety. Now, with those reforms well in 
place, we have an opportunity to reclaim 
authentic Marian devotion for our time, 
with a Mariology that more surely fosters 
discipleship to Jesus. 

The intent should be creative appropri- 
ation. The Rosary, with its multiple repeti- 
tions of the Hail Mary, so long a cherished 
custom of Catholics but recently fallen off 
in practice, offers a prime example. It is 
worth reclaiming; its mantra-like rhythm 
and contemplative aspect could be a gen- 
tling prayer practice in our busy world. 
In this, Pope John Paul II led the way. He 
affirmed the Rosary as "a treasure to be 
rediscovered," yet he recognized its limita- 
tions: namely, that the traditional sets of 
mysteries (joyful, sorrowful, glorious) that 
framed the original prayer cycles focused 

exclusively on the Christ of faith, skipping 
entirely the public life of Jesus. From the 
"Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple" 
(the fifth joyful mystery), they jumped to 
the "Agony in the Garden" (the first sor- 
rowful mystery). 

In 2002, John Paul II added the "Mys- 
teries of Light" — five moments from the 
public ministry of Jesus. The events he 
chose were Jesus's baptism, the wedding at 
Cana, Jesus's proclamation of the Kingdom 
of God as recorded in Mark 1 : 1 4- 1 5 , his 
transfiguration before Peter, John, and 
James as he prayed on a mountaintop, and 
the institution of the Eucharist. 

This is the kind of appreciative, critical, 

and creative reclaiming that is wanted as 
we return to the storeroom of our faith to 
find treasures old and new. ■ 

Thomas Groome is professor of theology and 
religious education in the School of Theology 
and Ministry. His essay is drawn and adapt- 
ed from Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old 
and New (2010), which Groome co-edited 
with Michael J. Daley, by permission of 
Orbis Books. The book may be ordered at a 
discount from the Boston College Bookstore 

"Do Over," a One Question video in- 
terview with Thomas Groome, can be 
seen at Full Story, 

Raison dart 

By Ron Hansen 

Seeing into the middle of things 

Extreme attention is what constitutes the 
creative faculty in us, and the only extreme 
attention is religious. 

— Simone Weil 

therapist once told me she thought 
the foremost reason that people marry 
was not loneliness or lust or security. 
Rather, they yearn to be fully known by a 
husband or wife and to share in the inti- 
mate gift of fully knowing another. 

We seek a deep and perceptive insight 
into ourselves that we can only get 
through intimacy with another, and we 
read fictional narratives and memoirs for 
just that reason. "For now we see through 
a glass, darkly; but then we shall see face 
to face: now I know only in part; but then 
shall I know fully even as I have been fully 
known," St. Paul wrote to the Christians 
in Corinth. We have in front of us guises, 
personae, and outward appearances. We 
yearn for the secret life of our times. We 
yearn to "see face to face." 

I researched the physiology of sight 
and found that only in the most limited 
way do our eyes function like cameras. 
Right behind the iris and pupil is a lens 
that focuses images, upside down, onto 
the retina at the rear of the eye. There is 
the equivalent of an exposure setting at 
work so that we can note fine details in 
enough sunshine, and at night gradually 
adjust to the darkness and fuzzily recog- 
nize shapes, but not in color. Like cam- 
eras we can change the focal length of the 
lenses by squeezing or widening the inter- 
nal optics. We have no shutters, of course. 
We do not lock onto an image. We scan 
it. Even when we presume we're staring 
and the image is fixed, we're actually shift- 
ing our focus so that varying measures 
of light will hit the retina and cause it to 
zap signals along the optic nerve into the 
brain, refreshing and updating the image 
at such great speed that we perceive our 
vision as seamless. When we speak of 
seeing, we're speaking of the hard mental 
activity of decoding, for we see through 
pattern recognition. We collect nuanced 


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Adam and Eve Leave Eden (1973), by American folk artist John William Dey 

notes about edges, shapes, colors, and 
motion, and we work at interpreting 
them, at recognizing what's right in front 
of us, a mental process that uses up an 
estimated 40 percent of our at-rest caloric 

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974), 
Annie Dillard noted the experiences of 
those Western surgeons who first per- 
formed cataract operations on the blind. 
Doctors found that patients who could 
recognize and name forms such as a cube 
or sphere with their hands or tongues 
could not relate that tactile information to 
what was held in front of them when they 
finally could see. A girl recorded the sensa- 
tions all infants must have, of registering 
nothing but many patches of brightness. 
Another patient reported that he now saw 
only a field of light, "in which everything 
appeared dull, confused, and in motion." 

Distances were puzzling. Thomas 
Aquinas once stated that we are born with 
the faculty to recognize that the sun is not 
the size of an orange, but this seems not 
to be the case. We each learn that skill as 
babies, by grabbing some things near at 
hand while failing to do so with whatever 
is far away. For the grownups whose eyes 
were operated on, everything had seemed 
closer, their houses cozier, when they 
were blind. A world static and small when 
they were non-seeing was suddenly over- 
whelming in its chaos and size. 

Some postoperative grownups became 
humiliatingly aware that they had been vis- 
ible always and that their privacy had been 
invaded over the years by anyone who 

looked in their direction. Some preferred 
to shut their eyes at home in order to walk 
about in their old way. Doctors noticed 
a loss of serenity as the newly sighted 
now groomed themselves, envied others, 
sought false and misleading appearances, 
even lied and stole. 

But there were others among the newly 
sighted who were agreeably stunned by 
the variety and richness of the world, one 
girl recording her astonishment that each 
person she looked at had a recognizably 
different face. Another could only gasp, 
"Oh God! How beautiful!" 

Dillard notes that we see "within the 
range of only about 30 percent of the light 
that comes from the sun; the rest is infra- 
red and some little ultraviolet, perfectly 
apparent to many animals, but invisible 
to me." 

I owned a cat named Skeezix that 
would stare with fascination at nothing 
at all, insofar as I could tell, but perhaps 
Skeezix was seeing some of that 70 per- 
cent of "whatever" that was unavailable 
to me. I have no idea what I'm missing in 
those colors I am unable to discern, but 
the quest to see ever more seems a char- 
acteristic human trait. We are predatory 
in that way. And as biologist Bruce Boff 
has pointed out, "Colors do not exist in 
the material world. Photons of different 
wavelengths do." An immaterial mind, or 
consciousness, or soul "converts what- 
ever happens physically in the brain into 
our perceptions, including color." 

In a journal entry by the 19th-century 
British Jesuit poet Gerard Manley 

Hopkins, the writer famously noted that 
"what you look hard at seems to look hard 
at you." 

Hopkins probably got that notion 
via the Oxford University art historian 
John Ruskin, whose 1857 handbook The 
Elements of Drawing was a bestseller in 
England when Hopkins was a schoolboy 
and which inspired Gerard's enthusiasm 
for recording the natural world. 

Just as 1 9th-century science had 
acquired the habit of classifying, closely 
watching, and exactingly recording the 
attributes and activities of flora and fauna, 
so Ruskin urged those who would be edu- 
cated to find the grand significance in even 
seemingly inconsequential and transitory 

In The Poem as Sacrament (2000), 
Philip Ballinger maintains that Ruskin 
"approached the theological in his belief 
that only an impartial, intense, and fear- 
less seeing leads to 'noble emotion' which 
in turn leads to a revelation of nature as 
God's work," his "holy book." Ruskin held 
that "all great art is praise" and that faith- 
ful observation of the facts of existence 
would result in fresh disclosures of the 
Holy Being. 

Hopkins seems to have written no poet- 
ry that counted from 1867, when he gradu- 
ated from Oxford University, to December 
1875, when the tragic loss at sea of five 
nuns exiled from Germany inspired him to 
compose "The Wreck of the Deutschland." 
But in those eight vears of elected silence, 
Hopkins was journaling about a natural 
world that he observed with reverence, just 
as Ruskin recommended. 

This is from his journal of a vaca- 
tion on the Isle of Man in August 1872: 
"Again to Port Soderick. This time it was 
a beautiful day. I looked down from the 
cliffs at the sea breaking on the rocks at 
high-water of a spring tide — first, sav, it 
is an install of green marble knotted with 
ragged white, then fields of white lather, 
the comb of the wave richly clustered and 
crisped in breaking, then it is broken small 
and so unfolding till it runs in threads and 
thrums twitching down the backdraught 
to the sea again." In another entry, he 
describes "one little square house cush- 
ioned up in a thatched grove of green like 
a man with an earache." 

In his journals and in his poetry, 

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Hopkins saw into the middle of things. 
Seeing gave rise to feeling, and closely 
observed actualities gave rise to religious 
emotion, as in his famous hymn to cre- 
ation, "Pied Beauty": 

Glory be to God for dappled things — 

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; 

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that 

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; 
Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, 

and plough; 
And all trades, their gear and tackle and 


All things counter, original, spare, strange; 
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows 

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; 
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past 

Praise him. 

Seeing is relational. Jewish philosopher 
Martin Buber would explore that idea 
in his classic / and Thou ( 1 923), in which 
he pictured a tree as a pillar with flowing 
green leaves in a flood of light, a species in 
"infinite commerce with earth and air." 

Buber wrote, "Throughout all of this 
the tree remains my object and has its 
place and its time span, its kind and con- 
dition. But it can also happen, if will and 
grace are joined, that as I contemplate the 
tree I am drawn into relation, and the tree 
ceases to be an It. The power of exclu- 
siveness has seized me . . . The tree is no 
impression, no play of my imagination, no 
aspect of a mood; it confronts me bodily 
and has to deal with me as I must deal 
with it — only differently. One should not 
try to dilute the meaning of the relation: 
Relation is reciprocity." 

Relation and reciprocity are features 
of all our contacts with the arts. We view 
or read or hear and our first step is gener- 
ally acceptance, welcoming any presence 
of beauty, willing to be moved, hoping 
for the best, which is friendship with the 
piece. Our secondary impulse is evalu- 
ation. Early humans needed to conjure 
decisions on the basis of hunger and fear, 
to conjure if what they saw was food or a 
predator and if they should fight or flee. 
There is still a vital presence of friend or 
foe in our encounters, but now, with art, 

we are judging whether it dangerously 
opposes our values and attitudes or is just 
something we can comfortably ignore. 
And the third step is often that of self- 
inquiry — examination of conscience, if 
you will. Why did I react that way? Was 
I fair? How was I delighted or offended? 
Seeing — that is, intelligent sensing — is 
always transactional. 

I have had the experience of picking up 
a book, reading a few pages, and loathing 
it. And then just a few years later, giving it 
another chance and wondering just what 
it was I so disliked earlier. Each page now 
seems touched with genius. 

And there is a corollary experience of 
recollecting a gorgeous passage in a book, 
hunting for it, and finding it isn't there; I 
have fantasized it. We are co-creators of 
the works of art we view or hear or read. 
I have had people recite to me quotations 
from my books, and there's frequently a 
word or phrase that's just plain wrong. 
And I generally find that a good thing, 
because it demonstrates that their own 
equally creative imagination was engaged: 
that they read what was on the page, but 
took away what was changed but mean- 
ingful to them. 

Ingmar Bergman's film adaptation of 
Mozart's The Magic Flute begins with an 
overture during which the camera simply 
roams over the faces of expectant people 
in an opera audience. We, as an audience 
ourselves, have no place to go, so we 
watch the faces as the overture plays, and 
we find in our attentiveness, in Bergman's 
attentiveness, that all those faces are inter- 
esting. Mozart's music, their rapt expres- 
sions, and even the peculiarities and flaws 
of physiognomy united in a harmony, call 
it a chord, that included those of us in the 
movie theater seats, and I recall feeling 
happiness, a joy in community. And I real- 
ized I needed to look closer at the world. 

Simone Weil wrote, "Those who are 
unhappy have no need for anything in this 
world but people capable of giving them 
their attention." She meant there was a 
holiness, whose expression was joy and 
sympathy and self-giving, for those who 
have not just focused on but related to a 
person, an object, or an idea. 

A final story about seeing: In Genesis, 
right after Adam and Eve eat the forbid- 
den fruit of the tree of the knowledge of 

good and evil, "they heard the sound of 
the Lord God walking in the garden at 
the time of the evening breeze, and the 
man and his wife hid themselves." God 
calls out, "Where are you?" and Adam 
seemingly skulks from behind the scenery 
and into view, squeamishly replying, "I 
heard the sound of you in the garden and 
I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid 

In the sly, funny, insightful way of folk 
art, the birth of human self-consciousness 
is here displayed, and the fruitless efforts 
at escape from our all-seeing God is given 
its origin. Adam has the temerity to be 
truthful at first, but he almost immediately 
shirks from responsibility, coldly identify- 
ing Eve as "the woman whom you gave 
to be with me," and ratting her out as the 
initiator of their sin. 

I find the rest of the fable, in which a 
wrathful God evicts Adam and Eve from 
paradise and condemns them to labor 
and pain, far less interesting than the first 
part of the story and its expression of the 
psychological reality that the Spirit of 
God frequently calls out to us: "Where are 
you?" It's still a human tendency to hide 
or avoid contact with God, feel ashamed, 
claim no responsibility for our lives and 
sins, assuming that he congratulates us on 
our successes but would just as soon not 
see us in our ugliness, pettiness, weakness. 

To overlook means both to view from 
on high, in panorama, and to forgive or 
ignore indulgently. The gift of the arts, 
whether narrative or representative is 
similarly doubled. First, the arts overlook 
our lives just as God does, giving us a 
sense of overview and a welcome and gen- 
erous attention to our elations, our fears, 
our sins, our yearnings, and our plights. 
Second, the arts allow us to let us see oth- 
ers in their most unprotected moments, 
the moments in which they are fallow 
ground, ready to be cultivated or not, 
under our watchful and caring eyes. ■ 

Ron Hansen is the author of A Stay Against 
Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction (2001) 
and eight novels, including Exiles (2008). His 
essay is drawn from a talk delivered on April 
15 in the Heights Room, sponsored by the 
Church in the 21st Century Center. 

Ron Hansen's talk can be seen at Full 


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46 A more perfect union? 

Credit John Hancock's gout 

48 Design wise 

How Michelle Obama helped 
me through my quarter-life crisis 
and put American women in 

49 In the winter when 
I didn't leave 

A poem 

>* Each semester, the Bapst Art Library hosts exhibitions of student work in its first floor 

flj art gallery. David, an oil-on-canvas painting (30 x 36 inches) by Kelly McConnaughey '10, 

_Q was one of 25 pieces exhibited by 16 students at the 2010 winter student show. 

—i McConnaughey, a philosophy and studio art major, was the show's featured artist. 




photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

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The tangled creation of historical fact— a scene from Congress, 1798, Philadelphia 


By David Reich 

Credit John Hancock's gout 



J A of a National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes (including 

for his 1967 Ideological Origins of the American Revolution), holder 
of two endowed chairs at Harvard University, the historian Bernard 
Bailyn, having lived around Boston for 50-some years, made his first 
visit to Boston College on the afternoon of March 9. He came to 
give a whimsical but substantive lecture titled "How Historians Get 
It Wrong: The American Constitution, for Example," which was 
sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional 
Democracy and which took place in Fulton 511. 

Wearing reading glasses borrowed from an audience mem- 

ber — he had left his own specs behind in the car — the emeritus 
professor, a fit-looking 87-year-old, started by announcing that, 
despite his lecture's title, he didn't intend to waste much breath 
on the question of bias-free history writing, and whether it was 
achievable. "Inert facts," he said flatly, "don't exist. Sources are 
never as fully developed as we would like. Some that have survived 
are the product of someone's prejudice who preserved them to 
influence the historical record." 

What really troubles Bailyn is "something quite different," he 
said. "It's simply that we know as historians how it all came out, 
and people in the past had no way of knowing." Because they've 




image: Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-19356 

seen the outcome of a struggle, historians, he said, often write as 
if that outcome were inevitable, when it actually resulted from the 
interplay of personalities, accidents of timing, political pressures, 
pragmatic and sometimes unseemly deals, and all sorts of other 

Take the U.S. Constitution, a document we look upon as if 
it were handed down from on high. "None of it was inevitable," 
Bailvn said. "It could have taken a totally different form, and 

What troubles Bailyn is thai "we know as historians 
how il all came out, and people in the past bad no way of 

knowing/' Historians often write as if an outcome 
were inevitable, when it actually resulted from the inter- 
play of personalities, accidents of timing, unseemly 
deals, and all sorts of other contingencies. 

some of it could have failed, and some of it did fail — the Electoral 
College, for example, which never worked as it was designed." 
Constitutional provisions that "now seem logically necessary were 
decided in confusion — seem to have been decided almost casually," 
he said. 

He cited the debate over the size of the military. Constitutional 
convention delegate Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts, driven by 
a fear of government power that was widespread in the nation's 
early years, proposed an army numbering two or three thousand. 
Other delegates countered an army that small would leave the 
country open to attack by foreign enemies. Unable to find a com- 
promise, the convention eventually threw up its hands, leaving it to 
Congress to determine the size of the military indirectly, through 
its budgetary powers. 

Perhaps the best-known part of the Constitution — the 10 
amendments we call collectively the Bill of Rights — was adopted as 
a result of assorted contingencies, some germane and some whose 
relevance can be questioned, said Bailyn. The idea of a bill of rights, 
popular outside the convention hall, had twice been put before the 
delegates, and twice been defeated unanimously. In the end, no 
such bill was included in the Constitution that went out for ratifi- 
cation by the states, because the delegates felt, according to Bailyn, 
that "to enumerate certain rights would be prejudicial to those 
that were not enumerated." Yet despite this so-called problem of 
enumeration, said Bailyn, in the months after the convention "the 
clamor for the Bill of Rights only grew." 

Eventually the framer and future president James Madison 
realized that without the addition, the Constitution would never 
be ratified, and he switched positions in favor of the Bill of Rights. 
But Madison and his allies, known as Federalists, faced a political 
conundrum: The state ratification conventions couldn't amend the 
Constitution; they could only vote it up or down as written. To add 
the Bill of Rights before ratification would require a whole new 

constitutional convention, delaying ratification, perhaps forever. 
Thus, the state conventions, Bailyn said, "would have to be per- 
suaded to accept the idea of recommended amendments" — that 
is, amendments the conventions would recommend to the future 
Congress. "But this seemed like a risk," he pointed out, "because 
who knew what the first Congress would do?" 

In the end, ratification came down to trust, and to a few states 
such as Massachusetts, where on the eve of the state ratifica- 
tion convention Governor John 
Hancock was still undecided — 
and suffering from an attack of 
gout. In return for his support 
for ratification, Bailyn said, "the 
Federalists proposed a deal. They 
would support Hancock's reelec- 
tion as governor . . . and possibly 
his election as president if George 
Washington failed to stand. This 
proposal had a remarkable effect 
on Hancock's gout." Hancock 
gave his endorsement in a speech 
at the state convention, ratifica- 
tion followed, and before long we 
had a constitution, and eventually a bill of rights. 

The problem of enumeration, originally seen as an argument 
against the Bill of Rights, was solved with the adoption of the 
Ninth Amendment, which specifies that rights not enumerated 
in the Constitution may be "retained by the people." Though it 
got scant attention in the nation's first 150 years, the amendment, 
with its expansive notion of rights, has more recently helped fuel 
debates in the Supreme Court over such questions as abortion, 
sodomy laws, and contraception, Bailyn said. "Nothing could have 
been more important," he added, yet Congress barely debated the 
Ninth Amendment before approving it. 

At the end of the lecture, Bailyn took questions from the audi- 
ence of 65, mostly students, with a sprinkling of faculty members 
from across the University," including the Law School, as well as 
from Harvard and Boston University. Of the questions asked, 
several had to do with the Second Amendment, which protects the 
right to bear arms. The amendment has figured in two contentious 
Supreme Court cases in the last two years. At issue was whether 
the right to bear arms belongs to individual citizens or only to the 
state militias — nowadays known as the National Guard. 

Bailyn came down squarely on the militia side, in contrast to 
the Supreme Court majority in the 2008 case District of Columbia 
v. Heller, (Oral arguments in the second gun rights case, McDonald 
v. City of Chicago, took place a week before Bailyn's lecture.) The 
Second Amendment, Bailyn argued, arose from the same fears 
that had animated Elbridge Gerry's efforts to limit the size of 
the national army. The framers, he said, "were afraid of standing 
armies, janissaries, or the president forming a palace guard, and 
they were looking for armed protection against that. The indi- 
vidual right to bear arms wasn't the issue." 

But the Second Amendment, by a malign twist of fate, was 
worded "a little ambiguously," he said. "If they'd worded it a little 
differently, there would never have even been a discussion." ■ 



From left: Thakoon's kimono dress; wool crepe dress by Maria Pinto; H&AA sundress 


By Mary Tomer '03 

How Wlscfieiia Obama helped me through my quarter-life crisis and put American women in cardigans 

Ohio, my freshman roommate went through my closet and 
pointed out the clothes that shouldn't see the light of day. These 
included a pair of Gap overalls and some high-heeled clogs that 
might actually be in style at the moment but in 1999 definitely 
were not. 

I was no fashionista. I was, however, good at math. I majored 
in it, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to teach it at a 
school in Watts with Teach for America. I quickly discovered that 
while I had the math skills, managing a classroom of middle-school 
children was not my strength or my passion. By the end of the five- 
week training program, I'd decided to move back to Boston, where 
a private equity firm hired me as a financial reporting assistant. 

Before long, I was again feeling miserable. I'd hit the quarter-life 
crisis — that "what have I done with my college education, why am I 
so unhappy" condition — and at the time it seemed epic. The activi- 
ties I enjoyed most were extracurricular: writing culture pieces for 
a local blog and learning printmaking at the Museum of Fine Arts. 

Advertising occurred to me as a logical way to combine my 

artistic interests with my business background. I started at a firm 
in Boston, where I stayed for a year, and then, in 2005, joined 
Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) in New York. I was 24 and in my third 
job in less than three years. I had no money and no connections. 
Thus far, my career had been remarkably unremarkable. 

Then in 2008 came the presidential contest between Barack 
Obama and John McCain. On August 25, the first night of the 
Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama delivered the 
primetime address. I listened to her talk about her family and the 
significance of her husband's candidacy, but at the same time I was 
mesmerized by her outfit — a teal Maria Pinto sheath dress with 
a turquoise Erickson Beamon starburst brooch. It had a late fif- 
ties, early sixties, Mad Men-era feel. Here was a powerful, strong 
woman with a very feminine, almost romantic sense of style. 

I started searching the Internet for a website focused on 
Michelle Obama and fashion — her outfits, the designers, the 
materials, the accessories. I found nothing. So- the next week, 
I approached Kevin Roddy, the chief creative officer at BBH. 
The company has an in-house goal of "encouraging ideas from 


BCM -> SPRING 2010 

photographs: Rodrigo Corral Design/Tracy Morford 

any source," and so, nervously, I proposed starting a blog about 
Michelle Obama. Roddy immediately gave me the go-ahead. BBH, 
through its entrepreneurial division, Zag, would host and help 
design the blog; 1 would write and edit it, on my own time; we 
would share revenues. A few weeks later, on September 22, 2008, went online, and I, with no connections in fashion, was 
spending my nights calling and e-mailing designers, blindly asking 
if the potential First Lady was wearing their clothes. 

Early on, the site didn't attract much attention. On a good day 
maybe 200 people visited. As the economy collapsed in late 2008 
and early 2009, however, the media began to pay attention to 
Michelle Obama's interest in affordable brands and discovered my 
blog. First, there were random notices on other unknown blogs, 
then mentions on a Wall Street Journal blog (October 9, 2008) and 
a New York Times blog (December 4, 2008). One day early in 2009, 
the Today Show called me to ask for an interview, and at about the 
same time, an editor from a book publisher e-mailed to say she 
wanted to turn my blog into a book. Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion 
Democracy was published in October 2009 by Center Street. 

In the process of writing the book I discovered how tortured 
our relationship with fashion is in this country, most noticeably in 
the political arena. Many political women, in their boxy skirt suits, 
determinedly distance themselves from fashion. Michelle Obama, 
on the other hand, uses fashion, choosing ensembles that appear to 
send a message — a collegiate style to talk with students, a modern 
professional look for touring federal agencies. To meet the pope at 
the Vatican, she dressed head to toe in Moschino, of Milan, one of 
the best-known fashion houses in a country that considers fashion 
an essential part of its cultural identity. At a state dinner to honor 
the Indian prime minister, she wore a gown designed by Naeem 
Khan, an Indian- American designer. It had been made in India, and 
Mrs. Obama's accessories, a sheaf of bangles on her left wrist and a 
long willowy wrap, were also a nod to Indian culture. 

At the high end of fashion, Mrs. Obama has gravitated toward 
designers who value old-world craftsmanship and independent 
thinking. She has generally eschewed American fashion's "big 
names" such as Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan (although she 
did wear a Calvin Klein ensemble to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremo- 
ny). She favors smaller, established ateliers and rising American 
designers like Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul. The charm of 
her style lies in her democratic sense of fashion, in a balance she 
achieves between high- and low-end designs. She famously wore 
J. Crew for her appearance on the Tonight Show on October 27, 
2008, a week before the election. Host Jay Leno jokingly inquired 
about the cost of her outfit (this in the wake of publicity surround- 
ing Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's expensive 
new wardrobe), saying "I'm guessing about $60-grand?" 

"Actually," Mrs. O replied, "we ladies, we know with J. Crew — 
you can get some good stuff online." She wears affordable Gap and 
H&M styles, and average American women have the opportunity 
to wear some of the same clothes. 

And women have responded with enthusiasm. In April 2009, 
during the G20 economic conference in England, for instance, 
Mrs. Obama wore J. Crew's Crystal Constellation cardigan for a 
visit to a London cancer center with Sarah Brown, wife of Prime 
Minister Gordon Brown. Photographs of her in the sweater — a 

cream-colored 14-gauge cotton knit with three-quarter sleeves and 
hand-applied clusters of rhinestones, sequins, and glass beads — 
appeared in the next morning's U.S. papers. By 10:00 a.m., J. 
Crew's website had stopped taking orders. "We're sorry," a red- 
letter message on the site still reads, "This item has been so popu- 
lar, it has sold out." ■ 

Mary Tomer is an account planner at Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York 
City and author of Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy (2009). Her 
essay is drawn from a talk she gave February 9 in the Shea Room. 
Her book may be ordered at a discount from the Boston College Book- 
store via 

Mary Tomer talks about Mrs. O before a Boston College audi- 
ence, in a video at Full Story, 

In the winter when I didn't leave 

By Skye Shirley '10 

not even to drag our Christmas tree 

to the curb, my parents walked on Walden 

Pond, certain it froze solid. Beneath 

the fir's tinsel drapings, my mother unwrapped 
the snowshoes: metal polished into mirrors 
and straps to hold each sheepskin boot in place. 

I cannot remember what ! was 

that day, which breakfast tea i drank, 

which sweater 

no, it was months later 

when I found photographs of their walk 

on water: my mother and father 

dancing over snapping turtle pools, 
a glimpse of the Fitchburg train 
through pitch-pine forest. Only then 

when I pressed my palms against the screen 

door's metal, carried Easter lily bulbs 

to my father and tenderly, in the black soil, 

laid each one to rest. 

English major Skye Shirley represented Boston College at 
the annual Greater Boston intercollegiate Undergraduate 
Poetry Festival held by the University on April 22. Students 
from 23 colleges and universities read from their works. 

The poetry festival may be viewed at Full Story, 





News & Notes 

Golden Networking 

Muffle Martin '66, P'96, shared her career expertise with 
Lisette Garcia 'io (right) and Chelsea Jacobs 'io at "Networking 
During Challenging Times," a COLD (Graduates Of the Last 
Decade) women's panel discussion and networking session 
also open to graduating seniors. A senior project specialist at 
Partners HealthCare, Martin joined Carol Palmer Winig '88, 
CPA and partner at Ernst & Young, and Kristin Blount '86, 
senior vice president and partner at Colliers Meredith & Grew, 
on the panel. Held on March 24 at the BC Club, the event 
drew more than 50 young alumni and BC seniors. For more 
GOLD happenings, 

A Social Network 

Boston College alumni have always been a 
close-knit bunch but, thanks to the social 
networking boom, keeping up with friends and 
the latest from the Heights has never been 
easier. More than 2,200 alumni have already 
become fans of the new Boston College 
Alumni Connections application on Facebook. 
The app provides access to the BC Alumni 
Online Community, where alumni can update 
their contact information, search for class- 
mates, access class notes, and view and regis- 
ter for BC events nationwide. Graduates can 
also post their resumes, receive career-related 
advice from alumni mentors, and much more. 
Additionally, those on Twitter can receive regular 
tweets on the latest alumni news and events 
— and participate in "Tweagle Tuesday," where 
alumni are invited to answer a different BC- 
related question each week. Join alumni on 
Facebook at 
and on Twitter at 

New Spirit in Later Life 

More than 800 alumni and other attendees 
explored the spiritual, psychological, social, 

and emotional issues associated with growing 
older during a daylong conference at the 
Heights on April io. "Living the Journey: 
Spirituality for the Second Half of Life" 

focused on life after 40 and drew participants 
from 25 states, including Alaska, California, 
and Texas, to lectures and workshops on how 
the challenges of aging are being redefined by 
faith and service. Presenters were nearly all 
BC alumni, faculty, or staff. Hosted by the 
Alumni Association, among six other BC 
programs and schools, the conference 
featured speakers Jennie Chin Hansen '70, 
H'08, president of AARP; Fr. Michael Himes, 
professor of theology; James Lubben, director 
of the University Institute on Aging; and John 
J. Shea, OSA, adjunct professor at the School 
of Theology and Ministry. The University will 
continue to provide programs of interest to 
aging Americans and others, including 
"Autumn Blessings: Spirituality in the Second 
Half of Life," an online course to be offered 
this fall through C2i Online: 
C2ionline. Videos of the keynote addresses 
from the Living the Journey conference are 
available online at 

Pops Reprise 

In the 18th rendition of one of Boston 
College's most popular traditions, the Pops 
on the Heights Scholarship Gala features the 
Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra perform- 
ing on Friday, September 24, on campus as 
part of Parents' Weekend. Proceeds from the 
concert provide scholarships to deserving BC 
students, and last year's event brought in 
more than $2 million. Pops conductor Keith 
Lockhart will lead the orchestra, and the 
University Chorale will provide vocal support. 
Tickets sell out quickly, so reserve your seat 
today at 

Newton Tradition 

Throughout the years, Newton College alum- 
nae have maintained a tradition of spirited 
discussion about literary matters through the 
Newton College Book Club. Elizabeth S. 
White, RSCJ, H'06, a faculty member at New- 
ton and later at BC, founded the club and 
guided it until 2002 when Judith Wilt, profes- 
sor of English and Newton College Alumnae 
Chair in Western Culture, became club 
moderator. Participants meet six times 



during the academic year to discuss a variety 
of fiction and nonfiction works, such as 
Run by Ann Patchett, The Sun Also Rises 
by Ernest Hemingway, and This Republic of 
Suffering: Death and the American Civil War 
by Drew Gilpin Faust. Alumnae nationwide 
can join in via conference call. For more infor- 
mation, visit or 
e-mail Ann Connor, senior associate director 
of classes, 

Eagles in China 

The Alumni Association's international scope 
took another continental step forward with 
the recent formation of the China Chapter. 
Kevin Meenan '06, MA'08, English instructor 
atTsinghua University in Beijing, and Deborah 
Ehrlich '07, a freelance arts project manager 
in Beijing, established the group to provide 
a BC base for the growing number of alumni 
working and studying in China. The China 
Chapter's first social gatherings were held 
in Beijing this past fall, and an event in 
Shanghai is planned. The chapter has 
already helped connect BC alumni in Hong 
Kong, Nanjing, Xiamen, and Dalian. Alumni 
attending chapter events thus far represent 
such industries as finance, education, tech- 
nology, accounting, and consulting. "China 
is an incredibly exciting place to be right 
now," says Meenan. "Boston College is still 

relatively unknown here, so we're looking 
forward to spreading the good word and 
furthering its mission as BC grows as an 
international university." Alumni interested 
in joining the China Chapter may contact 

Going Green 

Alumni in the ever-expanding "green" realm 
of industry, education, and government are 
invited to participate in a new affinity group, 
the BC Energy and Environment Alumni 
Network (BCEEAN). More than 50 alumni 
attended BCEEAN's inaugural event in 
December in Washington, D.C., cosponsored 
by the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore 
chapters. The discussion, "Transition to a 
Green Economy" was moderated by Patricia 
Randolph Williams '77 and featured panelists 
Frances Dubrowski NC'70, P'09; Doreen 
Hope '80; Elliot Oxman, JD'04; and Susan 
Schruth NC'71. Dubrowski, an environmental 
attorney and educator, and Williams, attorney 
advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection 
Agency, are co-chairs of the network. 
Another event was held in New York City 
on Wednesday, May 26 — a networking night 
and panel discussion, titled "Financing the 
Transition to a Green Economy." To join the 
network, e-mail 


On March 4, members 
of the West Coast 
Technology Council 

held a reception for 
the 25 undergraduates 
who traveled to the Bay 
Area for Associate Pro- 
fessor John Gallaugher's 
"TechTrek West" course, 
which provides students 

with a firsthand look at the technology industry. From left: Professor Gallaugher, 
West Coast Chair William McKiernan '78, and student guest speakers Christopher 
Miceli 'n and Sophia Monroe 'n. For more on upcoming council activities, 

By the Numbers 

at the Heights 

35O I Beds 
expected to be 
made at the Boston 
College Summer 
Guest House, open 
to BC community 
members visiting 

215 I Dollars for alumni to join 
the Plex on a summer membership 

37 I Consecutive summers that 
BC's Lonergan Workshop — to be 
held June 20-25 — nas fostered an 
international dialogue on issues of 
society, culture, and spirituality 

150 I Children of alumni 
anticipated to attend BC's 
Recreational Day Camp 
during July and August 

3,720 I Collective 
miles to be logged 
at the Vision 5K 
road race on June 
20 — organized by 
Joseph Quintanilla '98 
and run on campus to 
benefit the visually impaired 

Discover more reasons 

to visit campus at 


1934-1938, 1946 

Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 


Correspondent: William M. Hogan Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421; 781-863-1998 


Correspondent: John D. Donovan 

12 Wessonviue Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-4782 

Greetings! • Today, for a change, let's start 
with a positive report: two upbeat contacts 
with '39 classmates. The first was a personal 
letter from Msgr. Al Palladino in which he 
described his 67-year career. During those 
years he served God as a theologian and as a 
seminary and college professor, and then 
he had a rewarding pastoral career that in 
retirement still keeps him happy. We then 
had a cheerful and upbeat telephone call 
from Joe Sammartino, MEd'40. Joe reports 
that he is still retired but remains active both 
playing golf and taking regular walks around 
Scituate. • That's the good news! On the 
sad side, we have learned of the passing of 
three of our classmates: Edmund Kennedy 
of Chicago, Paul Scanlon of Melbourne, FL, 
and Joseph Tuscher of South Dennis. 
Our prayers and sympathy are extended 
to their families and friends. • There's no 
other news, but a second thought popped 
up. You may remember, when we were 
freshmen and sophomores back in 1936 
and 1937, a number of our friends and class- 
mates chose to leave Chestnut Hill. Why? 
For most of them, we don't know. But for 
some of these departing classmates and 
friends, we do know. In their still early youth 
they were responding to God's vocation call 
to the priesthood and were transferring to 
Jesuit and other seminaries. They dedicated 
their lives to Christ and the Church! 
Although these former classmates and 
friends — religious and lay — did not stay 
with us on the Heights, they remain our 
classmates and should be remembered in 
our prayers. Peace! 


Correspondent: Sherman Rogan 
34 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 

Here is a note from one who has braved the 
snow and storms of New England and who 

looks forward to the warmth and greetings of 
old friends at the Laetare breakfast. Let's hear 
from our classmates who have been golfing in 
the sun. Do write! 


Correspondent: John M. Callahan 

3 Preacher Road 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-2082 


Correspondent: John C. Fitzgerald 

22 Joyce Road 

Hyde Park, MA 02136-3807; 617-364-2309 

I'll continue with the update in the Winter 
issue about Fr. Joe Nolan, MA'49, whose 
new book recently appeared. He joined 
the FBI after leaving BC and spent the war 
years in naval intelligence in Brazil and 
the Philippines. After being discharged, he 
decided to study for the priesthood. He 
was ordained in 1949 and worked for a time 
as a pastor in Kansas. Today, he is part of 
the theology department at BC. Truly a man of 
many talents and remarkable durability. 
• From this point on, the news is sad. 
On November 14, 2009, Gerry Armitage 
left us. I recall those anxious days after Decem- 
ber 7, 1941: When we returned to class on 
December 9, we learned that three Marine 
Corps Reserve officers from our class had 
disappeared. Gerry was one of them. They 
were involved in the invasion of Guadalcanal 
and many later actions. A career Marine, 
Gerry retired as a colonel in 1962 and worked 
in the overseas construction industry for 20 
years as a civilian. • It is difficult for me to 
report on the events of this past January. 
On the eighth, we lost Ernie Handy, our long- 
time faithful scribe. After BC, Ernie served 
as a highly decorated member of the Army 
Air Corps and retired from the Air Force 
Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He graduated 
from BC Law School in 1949 and was a 
practicing attorney for 25 years. He then 
served as assistant clerk magistrate for the 
Suffolk Superior Criminal Court, retiring in 
1987. Ernie was active in the BC community 
and in youth sports. He is survived by five 
children, nine grandchildren, and two great- 
grand-children. Gerry Joyce, Mary JD'50 and 
Bob Muse, and I attended his funeral service 
at Our Lady of Annunciation Cathedral. 
On the ninth, Dave Cavan departed this life. 
Dave received his medical degree from 
Tufts. He served three years in the Army 
Medical Corps, established the Radiology 
Clinic in Worcester, and served as chief 
of radiology at Worcester City Hospital. 
Dave retired from active practice after 40 
years. He leaves Mildred, his wife of 64 
years; six children; and nine grandchildren. 
Frank D'Ambrosio passed away on the 
eleventh. He was a graduate of Tufts Medical 
School and Harvard's Graduate School of 
Ophthalmology and served as a captain in 
the Medical Corps of the Army Air Corps. A 

practicing ophthalmologist, he was on 
the staff of several hospitals in the Concord- 
Fitchburg area, retiring after 60 years in 
January 2009. Frank was ordained a perma- 
nent deacon in 1977 and ministered in 
the Concord parishes. He also assisted in 
our annual memorial Masses. He leaves 
Jennie, his wife of 66 years; 9 children; 
31 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. 
I regret that I was unable to attend the 
funerals of Dave and Frank. May their souls 
and the souls of all our deceased classmates 
rest in peace. 


Correspondent: Ernest E. Santosuosso 

73 Waldron Road 

Braintree, MA 02184; 781-848-3730 

The loss of treasured classmates remains 
unabated since the last submission of class 
notes. Our precious memories now list the 
passing offers Louis Alfano; John Carusone 
MSSW'48; Halim Habib; Victor Leeber, SJ, 
MA'47, STL'54; John Kane; and Rev. James 
O'Donohoe — truly a proud legacy of Eagles 
whom we were privileged to call friends and 
classmates. • Also, I recently heard from 
Nancy Butler (wife of Bill Butler '49 and 
sister-in-law of our late classmate Bob Butler), 
who reported that Pat Herlihy died on 
December 23, 2009, in California of lung 
cancer. He was 88. Although he lived his last 
years in San Francisco, Pat, an officer in 
the Army Reserve, had spent most of his life 
in the Philippines. It was there that he met 
his wife, Carmensita. They were married for 
63 years and had n children. • Although an 
exofficio member of the Class of 1943, none 
was more active in class activities than Mary 
(Moriarty) Boudreau, who died recently. 
Her late husband, Wally Boudreau, was a 
celebrated athlete, a teacher, and an alumni 
secretary. • On a lighter note, Arthur Kennedy 
called recently to discuss an entertaining 
biography of Louis Armstrong, renowned 
jazz legend. We recalled days in the cultural 
chemistry class taught by Fr. Butler. • Yale 
Richmond, a 30-year veteran diplomat for 
the State Department, was recently honored 
with the Commander's Cross of the Order 
of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his 
work on issues related to cultural and 
academic exchanges with other countries, 
including Poland. • Talk about the Energizer 
Bunny: Frank Hill, MEd'50, takes to the 
tennis courts regularly as a much respected 
player on the senior circuit, maintaining 
a healthy lifestyle after a successful career as 
head of Sullivan Brotheres Printers — one of 
whose clients was BC's student newspaper 
The Heights, when your correspondent was 
a staffer. • Dan Healy, JD'48, a Cape Cod 
squire, has contributed several upbeat 
news items. Andy Carnegie, MBA'67, is 
enjoying his golden years consorting 
with the seagoing sailors on the waters along 
Route 6. • Please stay in touch, whether by 
telephone, notes, or smoke signals. Your 
information helps the column immensely! 


i 9 44 

Correspondent: Gerard L. Kirby 

PO Box 1493 

Duxbury, MA 02331; 781-934-0229 

In the last issue, there wasn't space enough to 
tell you much about the funeral of Fr. Bill 
Mclnnes. MA'51, STL'58. It was beautifully 
and liturgically fitting for our very, very high- 
profile Jesuit classmate. It was a whole church 
full of remembering and weeping friends, 
exactly as you would imagine. But it was about 
the burial, after the Mass, that I thought 
you would like to hear. It took place at the 
Campion Center in Weston. I had never seen 
it before, but behind the massive Campion 
building there is a cemetery. It looks very 
much like Arlington National Cemetery in 
Washington DC but instead of row upon row 
of identical white crosses, there are row upon 
row of identical white tablets, hundreds of 
them. Each tablet is probably about two feet 
wide and three feet tall, each marking the 
grave of a Jesuit who has heard a yet higher 
call. After the familiar graveside prayers, sev- 
eral Jesuits who were in attendance passed 
around a brass container of earth from Fr. 
Bill's grave and invited us to place a spoonful 
on top of the casket. Then they brought 
around baskets of glorious fresh flowers and 
suggested that we either keep a flower as a 
remembrance or place it on Fr. Bill's casket. 
We were then all invited to stay for the lowering. 
It was a moment of unforgettable tranquil 
beauty and stunning simplicity. We will never 
forget you, Bill. • Peace. 

Correspondent: Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 

I'm sorry to report the death of Charlie 
McCready Sr. in Florida. He was a very active 
member of our class, especially playing golf 
with the "Legends." After graduating from 
Boston Latin with honors and cum laude from 
BC, he served in World War II in the Army Air 
Force. Charlie was a CPA and a partner at 
what is today PricewaterhouseCoopers and a 
Fourth Degree Knight, Knights of Columbus. 
He is survived by his wife, Effie; 4 children; 10 
grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. 
Charlie will be missed by all of us. • Michael 
H. Bonacorso passed away on December 6, 
2009. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three 
children; seven grandchildren; and one great- 
grandchild. He was a World War II Navy 
veteran. • Yours truly has become a housewife, 
owing to my wife's falling and breaking her 
upper left arm. I now realize all that she has 
been doing all these years of our marriage, 
which will number 61 this year. Thank God 
her arm is healing very well in her fifth week. 
By the time you read these notes, she should 
be completely healed and rehabilitated. • Dave 
Hern reports that he is feeling well, with every- 
thing under control. • Ralph Nash has been in 
a wheelchair for over two years. His wife has 

Alzheimer's disease and is in a nursing home 
in Bristol. Ralph was a member of the BC 
team that beat Tennessee at the Sugar Bowl in 
1941. • Bill Corbett, MEd'47, continues to take 
classes at Lifelong Learning in West Barnstable 
and plays golf at the Olde Barnstable Fair- 
grounds course. He hopes to play 92 rounds 
again this year. • George L. Drury, SJ, MA'46, 
MS '49, continues to teach at the Center for 
Ignatian Spirituality at BC, where he is also 
involved in organizing retreats. • John Greenler 
is still enjoying good health, working out at the 
gym, playing golf, and singing in the church 
choir. He and Gertrude are in their 58th year 
of married life. • Paul Paget MSW'49, jack 
McCarthy, and I are hard at work planning for 
our 65th anniversary reunion, which will take 
place on June 9. Please mark your calendars, 
and be sure to make this important event. By 
the time you read these notes, you will have 
received a notice with all the details. I look 
forward to seeing all of you at our 65th. • I 
forgot to report earlier that Boston College has 
once again been included among the top 25 
universities in the "100 Best Values in Private 
Colleges," complied by Kiplinger's Personal 
Finance magazine. This is just another reason 
for you to be proud of your alma mater and to 
sing its praises. Ever to Excel! 


Correspondent: Richard J. Fitzgerald 

PO Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556; 508-563-6168 


Correspondent: Timothy C. Buckley 

46 Woodridge Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 

I begin with the sad news that Jim Costello 
passed away on March 1, 2010. John Corcoran, 
who died several years ago, and Bill Noonan 
were very dear friends of Jim and Jeanne and 
over many years attended numerous family 
affairs. My wife, Suzanne, and I visited the 
Costellos at their home both in Osterville, 
where Jim tended his beautiful gardens, and 
in Hingham. Jim was active in the church as a 
song leader, choir member, lector, and parish 
council member. He was a member of the St. 
Vincent de Paul Society and served as alumni 
class president. Jim is survived by his 7 chil- 
dren and 12 grandchildren. He is especially 
remembered for his beautiful singing voice 
and dedication to, and pride in, his family. At 
the request of the late Tip O'Neill, Jim sang 
his favorite Irish song, "Danny Boy," at the 
Clover Club. He also had a great love for 
opera. Jim graduated from Boston Latin 
School in 1943 and was a World War II Army 
veteran. He was a sales executive with Bur- 
roughs Corporation for 33 years. He was also a 
visiting professor, teaching sales management 
at BC's Carroll School of Management. 
Among the classmates at the funeral Mass in 
Hingham were Bill Noonan; Joseph Donohue 
and his wife, Geraldine; and my wife and I. 
• I'd greatly appreciate hearing from you — 
please write, e-mail, or call. My contact infor- 
mation appears above. 


Correspondent: John J. Carney 

227 Savin Hill Avenue 

Dorchester, MA 02125; 617-825-8283 

He was the epitome of the salutation "mem- 
ber of the Greatest Generation": Fr. Charlie 
McCoy passed on to his eternal reward on 
November 30, 2009, at the age of 83. We, his 
classmates who knew him from his first BC 
days as a 17-year-old entering as an accelerated 
freshman in January 1943 after three and a 
half years at BC High, will all remember him 
with great pride. Charlie, a son of South 
Boston parents, brought with him a love of 
sports (which was later recognized by BC 
High, when it awarded him its highest honor, 
the St. Ignatius Award, and inducted him into 
the school's Athletics Hall of Fame). This love 
and spirit he carried onto the BC football field 
as a freshman quarterback for the Eagles, lead- 
ing them to several victories for the season. 
Tom Moran, the Eagles coach, described him 
as a team leader who "had the gift of instilling 
spirit and confidence in his teammates." Char- 
lie joined the Marines in 1943 and after tours 
in the Pacific and China, returned to the 
Heights in 1946 as an English and math 
major, graduating with us in June 1949. He 
earned his master's in education at BU in 1952 
and went on to coach football and teach in the 
Boston area. He studied at St. John's Seminary 
and was ordained on his 35th birthday. After a 
few years, he began a 24-year career as chap- 
lain in the Navy. During this period, he served 
in 14 duty stations, including a tour in Viet- 
nam. He received a Bronze Star and a Purple 
Heart for injuries suffered during a patrol boat 
mission in the Mekong Delta. After retiring as 
a captain in the Navy, Charlie served the 
Boston Archdiocese for a number of years, 
primarily at St. Philip Neri Church in Newton. 
He will truly be missed by his classmates and 
all who knew him. • We also extend our deep- 
est sympathy to Fr. Bill Burckhart on the 
recent passing of his sister; Fr. Bill has been 
our celebrant for memorial Masses for the 
past several years. Please remember Fr. Bill 
and his sister in your prayers. • Classmates, 
please send me material for these class notes. 


Correspondent: John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, No. 31 
Cambridge, MA 02140; 617-876-1461 

nc i95°" I 953 


Correspondent: Ann Fulton Cote NC'53 

11 Prospect Street 

Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-8512 

From Helene Sweeney Doyle NC'50 comes 
news of a great chance meeting she had with 
Alice Whelan Hanlon NC'51. In Helene's 
words, "Bill and I were at a Holy Cross 
luncheon when a couple came in, and I imme- 
diately recognized Alice Whelan Hanlon, who 
was with her husband, Jim. I don't think I 
have seen Alice since my Newton graduation, 


so that tells you how great she looks. We had a 
delightful time together and discovered 
several amazing coincidences in our lives 
since Newton College. Our husbands are both 
attorneys and graduates of Holy Cross, not 
too unusual. Our wedding anniversaries are 
on the same date — April n. Early in our 
marriages, we had lived on the same avenue 
on Staten Island. Of course, all three events/ 
happenings were in different years. There was 
more about our children, but enough." Helene 
also writes of meeting Paula Toner, RSCJ, 
the U.S. provincial of the Society, at a party 
in Osterville. And I loved hearing about her 
regular lunches with Connine Ryan Eagan, 
Mary Lou Julian Natoli, Norma Fallon Tim- 
merman, and Mary "Chic" LaBonte White, all 
Class of 1950. They all say "there is nothing 
new," but then they go on to enjoy each other's 
company. What a gift! • Hoping Helene puts 
you all to shame, I shall look forward to 
receiving some great news notes! 


Correspondent: Leo Wesner 

125 Granite Street, Apt. 816 
Quincy, MA 02169; 617-680-8306 

Hello, classmates. Time seems to be slipping 
by faster than one would like. It will be 
reunion time before we know it. As for our 
60th celebration, the present plan calls for a 
limited number of events. The first will be a 
performance by the University Chorale on 
December 4 of this year, and on April 20, 
2010, we have planned a private luncheon 
with President William P. Leahy. The gala will 
be on June 4, at the beginning of Reunion 
Weekend. • Over the years, I have had the priv- 
ilege of meeting sons and daughters of class- 
mates and those of other classes. One out- 
standing quality I have seen in all these 
younger folks is character, character that is 
unmistakable and that radiates from them. 
Obviously, much of this phenomenon is the 
result of the example of the parents, but it's 
also the influence of the Boston College expe- 
rience. I'm sure many of you share this admi- 
ration. • As for the latest trivia recall, what 
song boomed from the stands during football 
games in our senior year? It was "Goodbye, 
Denny," relating to the feelings of the fans and 
the then imminent departure of Coach Myers. 
Sports fans can be grateful that BC has men 
and women coaches who are proficient at their 
craft, as well as being quality people. 
• I recently had a luncheon meeting and 
discussion with Vin Stanton at the venerable 
Harvard Club. Vin's mind and wit are as fresh 
as they were 60 years ago. • John Venti kindly 
sent the following tribute on the loss of a class- 
mate on June 25, 2009. John writes: "Joseph 
B. Sullivan passed away and will be dearly 
missed by all who knew him. Joe was a highly 
decorated Army veteran of World War II, who 
received both the Purple Heart and the Silver 
Star for gallantry in combat. He leaves Grace, 
his wife of 65 years; sons Mark of Merrimac 
and Brian of Londonderry, NH; daughters 
Denise Benson of Westwood and Deirdre 
Rosen of Bedford; and six grandchildren. 
Upon graduation, Joe began his professional 
career at Raytheon and subsequently rose in 

the ranks to personnel director. He was an 
avid reader of sports, politics, and world and 
health affairs who also took great pride in the 
flowers and vegetables grown in his backyard." 
• Feel free to submit any information you can 
provide about yourself or other classmates. 


Correspondent: Frank McGee 

1952 Ocean Street 

Marshfield, MA 02050; 781-834-4690 

Roger Connor reports that he met Bill Killoran's 
son, Rich, while touring the Vanderbilt estate. 
He assured Roger that Bill was very much 
alive. Roger regrets the reporting error. • Frances, 
wife of the late Bill Gauthier, is carrying on 
the great work Bill did for the Massachusetts 
Association for the Mentally Challenged. • Fr. 
Jim Larner was buried from St. Ann's Church 
in Dorchester on August 28, 2009. • Joe Miett 
writes from Andover that his grandson Tim is 
carrying on the Miett tradition. Tim is a fresh- 
man at BC. • Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. 
Ed Lafferty on the occasion of their 50th 
wedding anniversary. • Fr. Hugh O'Regan reports 
that $400 was collected at the class memorial 
Mass, and the funds were forwarded to the 
Pro-Life Office of the Archdiocese. You can get 
in touch with Fr. Hugh at 101 Seth Parker Rd., 
Centerville, MA 02632. • Shortly after Bill Curtin 
passed away, his wife found a note to Roger C. 
about Bill serving Mass with classmate Msgr. 
Peter Martocchio. At the end of each Mass they 
would say, "Another Mass completed and no 
one hurt." Rest in peace. • Dick Bangs is on 
the mend. He recently spent some time in St. 
Elizabeth's, followed by rehab. • Dana Doherty 
and his bride spend their winters in Arizona 
and summers in New Hampshire. • Tom 
O'Maley is enjoying life in Carmichael, CA. If 
you're passing through, drop in for a beer. 

• George Cyr's plans for a medal at the Van- 
couver Winter Olympics in ski jumping came 
to a halt recently when he broke his collarbone 
in a ski accident. George assures us that he 
will be ready for the 2014 Winter Games. • Jack 
O'Connor reports that his seven grandchildren 
are a constant source of pleasure in his retire- 
ment. • Charlie Jones is enjoying retirement 
for PayLess Shoes as senior VP in Topeka, KS. 

• Congrats to Mary and John Paul Sullivan on 
their 50th anniversary. • Charlie Kohaut writes 
from Fort Wayne, IN, that Tom McGowan, 
MBA'65, passed away in November 2009, and 
Manny Fontes's wife writes to let the class 
know that Manny died on November 2, 2009, 
in Westport. • Paul Donovan is still going strong 
in Melbourne, FL. Visits to his seven kids and 
golf keep him busy. • Ed MacDonald lives on a 
golf course in North Port, FL, and plays three 
or four times a week. • Jim Leonard, MEd'53, 
of Pompano Beach, FL, continues his world 
travels notwithstanding his leukemia. Keep it 
up, Jim! • Dave Murphy is enjoying life in 
Naples, FL, after a cruise in the Caribbean. 

• Patricia (Chard) O'Neil writes that her grand- 
daughter received early acceptance to BC. 

• Paul Enos writes from Amelia Island, FL, that 
he is "getting too close to the font on the book." 
Bill Doherty writes from Pelham, NH, that he is 
looking forward to the Naples gathering 
(which will have taken place when you read 

this). • Finally, Tom McElroy's son Jack, a 
colonel in the USMC, is back from Afghanistan 
where he was deputy commander, Marine Strike 
Force 2. Upon his return, he was immediately 
sent to Haiti to coordinate Marine assistance after 
the earthquake. My son Patrick, a Navy SEAL, is 
off to Afghanistan again. Keep him in your prayers. 


Correspondent: Jim Willwerth 

19 Sheffield Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-5400 

My thanks to Bruce Desrosiers '52, who wrote 
to say that he had recently been in touch with 
his teammate and our classmate Joseph 
"Eddie" Iarrobino, OSB, and that Bro. Joseph 
had been inducted into the Varsity Club Hall 
of Fame in September 2008. Bro. Joseph was 
captain of the 1953 golf team, one of the finest 
teams in the "Golden Age" of New England 
collegiate golf. In three years of varsity compe- 
tition, he won 16 of 18 matches as the No. 1 or 
No. 2 player for the Eagles. He was undefeated 
in regular-season play as a senior and was a 
key contributor to BC's 1952 New England 
Golf Team Championship. Congratulations, 
Bro. Joseph! Bro. Joseph is with the Benedic- 
tine order at St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, 
CA, where he has been for some time. • Dick 
Horan wrote me about his attendance at the 
dedication of the Boston College Veterans 
Memorial on November 11, 2009. We have 
three classmates whose names appear on the 
memorial: Sgt. James F. Harrington, Army; 
Pvt. Francis B. Mahoney, USMC; and Cpl. 
Donald T. Toland, USMC. A Boston College 
Web site contains information about all alumni 
whose names are inscribed on the memorial: Give it a try! 
• The Wayland Country Club is the site for our 
16th annual class golf tournament on June 9. 
The golf format will be the same — Florida type 
scramble, longest drive, and closest-to-the-pin 
contest — with a box lunch at the turn and 
dinner after the contests. Again, all golfers and 
would-be golfers are welcome. • I received a 
letter from Maryanne and Paul Coughlin, 
thanking the class. "We were gifted a certifi- 
cate for a home-cooked meal by a gourmet 
chef. We contacted Michael the Chef and 
arranged for him to come late on Saturday 
afternoon on November 28. In our conversations, 
I asked if we could divide the two meals into 
three so our daughter Mary Ellen could join 
and assist us. He obliged without question... and 
we thoroughly enjoyed a four-course meal. 
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness." 
• Dick Horan also sent me the annual report for 
the Fr. Joseph T. Greer '53 Endowment Fund. 
Total gifts to the fund as of June 1, 2009, were 
$110,380. The 2009-2010 Fr. Greer Scholar 
is Daniel Quintero '13, a student at the Carroll 
School of Management. His story is posted on 
the BC alumni online community. 


Correspondent: John Ford 

45 Waterford Drive 

Worcester, MA 01602; 508-755-3615 


1 am writing these notes the day after our 
annual BC hockey excursion. On February 21, 
Northeastern was the opponent, and the 
Eagles won handily. Classmates and spouses 
in attendance included Peter Nobile, who put 
die event together; Sal DeLuca: Mario DiBiase; 
Mary and Murray Regan; Mary Jean and 
Jimmy Coughlin; Margaret (Molloy) '58 and 
Pete Vasaturo; Ray MacPherson; Lori and 
Lou Totino MBA'65; Joan Patchell; Mary Kent 
Goudey; and your correspondent. Several 
of our classmates were accompanied by 
adult children and grandchildren as well. 

• On May 26, we will be having lunch at the 
Wayside Inn in Sudbury. If you are reading 
this note before the event but did not receive 
an invitation from the Alumni Office, and 
you wish to attend, please call or e-mail me. 

• Unfortunately, we continue to lose class- 
mates. Paul McDermott of Quincy died on 
December 13, 2009, and Grace Anne Mullen 
of South Weymouth on January 5, 2010. 

• A few months ago, I read that Paul Sally, 
MA'56, would be conducting a math seminar 
at BC. Not wanting to miss a chance to see 
an old friend, I slipped into the session. Paul 
and a colleague from the University of 
Chicago were presenting a new system they 
had developed for teaching algebra. For 
those of you who knew Paul at BC, I can tell 
you that he is just as brash as he was then. At 
77, he is still teaching, writing, and lecturing. 
Paul said that he has the next several years 
of work all planned out, and that he and his 
wife are currently writing a math textbook. 
In spite of several disabilities resulting from 
juvenile diabetes, Paul is ignited by life and 
work. Paul, can you send us some of that 
energy? • I am signing off early, since little news 
has been coming my way lately. I can write it, 
but you have to provide it. Correction: In 
our last issue, we mentioned Peter Vasaturo's 
wife, Margaret (Molloy) '58, as his widow. We 
apologize to the Vasaturos; we regret the error. 

NC I954 

Correspondent: Mary Helen FitzGerald Daly 

700 Laurel Avenue 

Wilmette, IL 60091; 847-251-3837 

I hope by the time you read this, the snow 
will have disappeared from our landscapes! 

• I was pleased to receive Christmas greetings 
from Helen Ward Sperry Mannix; Ginny 
Yawman Dayton; Mary Magdalen, OSC; Mau- 
reen Cohalan Curry; Lucille Joy Becker; Dotty 
Englert Ward; and Evie Higgins Beveridge. 

• In her e-mail from Ponce, PR, Delma Sala 
Fleming says that she has retired from the 
Ponce School of Medicine (Class Ai) after 32 
years. During the last few years, she gave up 
teaching but remained at the Biomedical Lab 
ad honorem. Delma now has more time to 
devote to animal-rights activities and to the 
scholarship fund for the Convent of the Sacred 
Heart School, where she and her children 
were educated. • I was saddened to learn 
from Mary Evans Bapst of the death of her 
sister, Willie, in October. Please keep Mary 
and her family in your prayers. Mary spoke 
of an unexpected snowfall (less than an inch) 
in Geneva, Switzerland. She was "amused by 
the panic caused by a few snowflakes," having 
lived in Chicago, Newton, Montreal, and rural 

Quebec. It seems not all of Switzerland is 
covered with lots of snow. • Sr. Mary Magdalen 
of the Monastery of St. Clare in Jamaica 
Plain reports that the monastery and her 
community are the subject of a project by 
Molly Connors for her master's degree in 
broadcast journalism. The link — http://poor — provides access 
to the project. In it, Sr. Mary Magdalen is 
interviewed, and I encourage everyone to look 
at this interesting site. It offers a look into the 
world of a very active and joyful^ community 
of women who, through their lives, prayer, and 
work, demonstrate God's love for us. • In 
February, Maureen Cohalan Curry spent time 
in Orlando visiting with family. She was 
invited there to attend Grandparents Day, and 
reports it was great fun. Recently, Maureen 
had lunch with Mary Jane Moyles Murray NC'55, 
and she keeps in touch witli Alice Ann O'Brien 
Clifton NC'53 by phone. • Enjoy the spring, 
take care, and please keep the news coming. 


Correspondent: Marie Kelleher 

12 Tappan Street 

Melrose, MA 02176; 781-665-2669 

I was delighted to receive a note from Pat 
Redihan Childers. Pat is still involved in 
helping her husband give competent and 
loving care to the animals that arrive at his 
hospital. Pat reports that her daughter 
Caroline lives in Rhode Island and has three 
children: Patricia owns a design business in 
New York City and has one son; Henry IV is 
a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Southern 
Ohio Medical Center and has two sons; and 
Alyce works for the Department of Defense 
and lives in Belgium after having been in 
Japan for four years. • Watching a performance 
of The Nutcracker brought joy to Jane and John 
Boland during the Christmas season because 
their daughter Kelley and granddaughter Emma 
were in a local production. • The Discovery 
Channel allowed me to watch Scott Parazynski 
climb Mt. Everest. Scott is the son-in-law of 
Rosemary and John Vozzella. • Barbara Winckl- 
hofer Wright has been serving as the interim 
CEO for the New Jersey State Nurses Association 
and will remain until the search for a new 
CEO has been completed. She served full-time 
in this position for several years. Barbara was 
given a humanitarian award by Seton Hall Col- 
lege of Nursing at its alumni gala. • Marguerite 
Blais Dannemiller's oldest grandson stayed with 
her while doing an internship in preparation 
for his PhD. Marguerite also reported that 
grandson Chris has been deployed. Please pray 
for his safety. • I hope to BCing many of you in 
June as '55 celebrates 55! Please try to come to 
our reunion celebration. 

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Correspondent: Jane Quigley Hone 

207 Miro Place 

Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-627 -097 3 

We regret to note that our classmate Joan 
Costello Barbary of Sciruate died on February 

6, 2010. Most of us had not seen her since 
graduation, but we were always glad to hear 
news about her and her growing family. We 
offer our condolences to Bob and to their 6 
children and 10 grandchildren. Joan lived a 
life of service to others through several 
agencies, among them Community Servings 
and Habitat for Humanity. • We have just 
learned of the death of Ed Wetzel, husband of 
Carra Quinlan Wetzel, on January 2, 2010. 
The Wetzels had been married for 53 years and 
had been living in Wyoming. Our 
condolences to Carra. • I again urge everyone 
to plan to attend our 55th reunion, scheduled 
for June 4-6. 


Correspondent: Steve Barry 

102 Brooksby Village Drive, Unit 304 

Peabody, MA 01960; 978-587-3626 

We had 47 attending the Mass and brunch at 
Barat House on the Newton Campus before 
taking in the BC Chorale's annual Christmas 
concert at Trinity Chapel. Celebrating the 
Mass was Ray Helmick, SJ, brother of my wife, 
Marie, MS'55. • Marie and I enjoyed watching 
the Eagles defeat Clemson, 75-69, on January 
26, avenging the 72-56 defeat they inflicted 
on us down there on January 9. We sat in the 
alumni booth with Leo '58 and Claire Hoban 
McCormack, Joyce '62 and Dan McDevirt, and 
Art Reilly, who brought along his grandson. 

• Bob Halloran called to say that when John 
Galvin attended the Emerald Bowl game 
against USC on December 26, it extended 
his string of consecutive games to 315. Bob 
wonders if this is a record. • John Harney, 
PHL'60, e-mailed the news that Bishop Frank 
Irwin, MSW70, celebrated his retirement at a 
Mass in St. Agnes Church in Arlington in 
December. • Dick Rossi, MEd'64, PhD'74, 
reported that the chemistry majors held their 
annual fall lunch in Portsmouth, NH, in 
November. The guest of honor was John 
Surette, SJ, MA'61, STB'68, thecofounder and 
director of Spiritearth. Those in attendance 
were Jan '58 and George Carrier, Pat and Paul 
Vozzella, Bob Ricci, and Rose and John Polevy. 
After the group encouraged John to send in 
his recent accomplishments in track and field, 
he e-mailed his first contribution in 53 years. 
John set six records in the Granite State Senior 
Games in his age category, and he is ranked in 
the top six in the USA in five events and 
18th in the world in the 100-meter dash. If 
you search his name on the Internet, you will 
get pages of Web sites where he is mentioned. 

• John Harney e-mailed to say that Jack 
Cullinane died in December. Jim McLaughlin 
e-mailed in January that his wife, Maire, died 
after a long battle with cancer. Jerry Sullivan 
sent news of the death of Jane Bourque 
Driscoll's husband, John P. Driscoll, in 
November. Jack was Jerry's second cousin. 
The Alumni Association also sent word that 
Edward M. Krasnof of Santa Monica, CA, has 
died. Please keep them and all classmates and 
their families in your prayers. • Thanks to 
all who sent news. A reminder: you can log on 
to the alumni online community to read and 
post news of accomplishments, travel, and 
other experiences. 


NC I956 

Correspondent: Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-696-0163 


Correspondent: Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

The class held its traditional St. Valentine's 
reception at Paul Mahoney's Garden Center in 
Winchester on February 12. Once again, it was 
a very successful evening, with 51 classmates 
attending. Paul and Doris were the gracious 
hosts. Norma DeFeo Cacciamani made the 
arrangements for the food, tables, and chairs. 
Bill Tobin, MBA'70, arranged for the liquid 
refreshments, and he and Jim Turley did 
the honors of serving as bartenders for this 
wonderful evening. Classmates and guests 
were able to purchase flowers and plants as 
well as admire all the beautiful floral arrange- 
ments that helped get us into the Valentine's 
Day spirit. • I received a very nice Christmas 
letter from Fr. Gerry Kelly. He mentioned that 
the violence in Mexico changed his missionary 
plans: his medical team went to the Mexican 
border. There are 1 million unincorporated 
areas along the border. People purchase a 
piece of land, put up a small home, and begin 
a new life, but the essential services are not 
there. The dental and vision teams and the 
general practitioners were overwhelmed with 
the demand. "We don't feel forgotten," was the 
response of the people. • Rose Woodworth 
Ford recently connected with three of her 
classmates. They had not seen one another for 
over 50 years! They wore BC T-shirts and sang 
"For Boston" right in the middle of the termi- 
nal at Logan, while waiting to meet their third 
classmate. Rose's daughter, Jane Ford, a Prov- 
idence College '83 alumna, sent me an e-mail, 
quoting one of her mom's classmates, who 
said: "I had to see people in my life who made 
me the person I am today." A great story. • Our 
class extends its sincere sympathy to the 
family of Maurice L. Whalen, who passed 
away from cancer on December 28, 2009, in 

McLean, VA. He leaves his widow, Brenda 
(McCarthy) Whalen, a Lynch School of Educa- 
tion '57 classmate, and five daughters. Moe 
was his nickname in our days at the business 
school, where he majored in accounting along 
with some others who have recently been 
called home to God: Thomas V. Byrne of Hud- 
son, formerly of Stowe, who died on January 
25, 2010; and Charles R. Melchin, a veteran, 
who died on January 3, 2010, leaving wife 
Marie, a sister of our classmate Edward D. 
Miller, MBA'68, DEd'90. In addition, Robert 
L. Hillyard passed away on January 1, 2010, in 
St. Augustine, FL, and Geraldine Dunne Toler 
of Peabody passed away on November 20, 
2009. • Class dues should be remitted to Bill 
Tobin, 181 Central St., Holliston, MA 01746. 

NC I957 

Correspondent: Connie Weldon LeMaitre 
Correspondent: Connie Hanley Smith 

Many have heard by now of the passing of dear 
classmates Mary Ann Morley Bernhard and 
Judy Scannell Donovan, MSW'59, within two 
weeks of each other earlier this year. Both lived 
in Andover for many years, and Mary Ann's 
Mass was here in my (Connie's) hometown, 
with a moving eulogy by Carol McCurdy Rege- 
nauer, harkening back to Newton days (Carol 
was her bridesmaid and kept in close touch). I 
was honored to do a reading, so Newton was 
well represented. Judy and Charlie moved to 
Harwich in retirement from social work and 
teaching 10 years back. Judy's death was a sur- 
prise to many, but we were so happy to see her 
at the 50th. • Another loss was Janet Black 
Rohan's husband, Pat, following heart surgery, 
leaving Jan, 8 children, and 19 grandchil- 
dren. Pat was dean emeritus at St. John's Law 
School. • But I also have some good news from 
classmates who report exotic travel. 
Barbara Lowe Eckel, MSW'59, visited China 
in 2001 and was recently in Malta, enjoying a 
mix of Mediterranean cultures and the history 
of Catholicism and the Order of St. John. Over 
Christmas, Neil and Joan Hanlon Curley 
cruised to South America, around Cape Horn, 
and through the Strait of Magellan, and saw 
hundreds of penguins on the Falkland 
Islands. Joan also has a new children's book 


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out: Lucian's Boat: The Story of a Boy's Life by the 
Sea (available online at www.authorhouse 
.com). Molly McHugh O'Grady had an inter- 
esting visit to the Dominican Republic just a 
few days after the earthquake in Haiti! • On 
the home front, Joan and Neil hosted a sump- 
tuous homemade dinner in Naples for Dick 
and Peggy McMurrer Haberlin, Bob and 
Miriam Sweeney Murphy, and George and 
me. Laughs, old jokes, memories — it was a 
highlight of our week's visit to my sister in 
Florida. • Lucille Saccone Giovino and Cathy 
Connolly Beatty continue work with the 
Lenten lecture series, Guild of the Holy Spirit, 
which began in 1958 with Mass and a lecture. 
It has since grown and is now held at 
the Jesuit Campion Renewal Center in West- 
wood. Lucille is president and, with Cathy, 
urges all in the area to attend next Lent. 
• Chris and Liz Doyle Eckl had an inspiring 
lunch with a Georgetown Jesuit friend and 
three RSCJs: Srs. Clare Pratt (former superior 
general), H'oi; Betsy Harton; and Kit Collins, 
who do literacy work in DC. Sr. Pratt is now 
the director of the Oakwood RSCJ Retirement 
Community in Atherton, CA, where Sr. 
Barbara Bireley lived. • Get-well wishes to 
Barbara King Hennessy and her husband, Bill, 
who underwent quadruple bypass surgery, 
followed by a leg amputation. 


Correspondent: David Rafferty 

2296 Ashton Oakes Lane, No. 101 
Stonebridge Country Club 
Naples, FL 34109; 239-596-0290 

Condolences of the class go out to Elaine and 
Ed Gilmore on the tragic passing of their 
grandson Brendan Burke. Brendan, a senior at 
Miami University in Ohio, was killed in an 
auto accident returning from an interview at 
Michigan State's law school. • I also sadly 
report the passing of the following classmates: 
Loretta Fitzgerald Barry of Worcester; Joe 
Desmond of Contoocook, NH; Charlene 
Crosby Leggett of Waterville, ME; Martin 
McLaughlin of Littleton; and Joe Livingston of 
Roslindale, my friend and classmate at BC 
High. • I recently learned of the passing of Ned 
Bunyon, MBA'65. Ned was an outstanding 
hockey player at BC, leading the team in scoring 
in 1957 and earning ACC East honors in 1958. 
Ned played in three Beanpots, winning two — 
he'd scored two goals in the 1957 Beanpot 
finals in a win over BU. • Paul Fennell's son, 
Lt. Col. Daniel Fennell '91, is the new CO of 
the Marine Corps Air Wing in Okinawa. 

• Since retiring in 1996, Bob Moll keeps busy 
doing volunteer work as CFO for two small 
businesses; participating in the leadership of 
the Voice of the Faithful; and serving as corpo- 
rator for Heritage Museums & Gardens in 
Sandwich and as treasurer of St. John's Inten- 
tional Faith Community in western Massachu- 
setts. • Bob Jackson is retired after teaching 
history and government for 35 years in the 
Westwood School System. He has 7 children 
and 17 grandchildren and lives in Norwood. 

• Joe Giere, a Double Eagle, spent most of his 
medical career as a professor in the OB/GYN 
department at Georgetown University Hospi- 
tal. Since his 2006 retirement, he keeps busy 


with his four children and eight grandchildren 
and as a physician volunteer at Mercy Health 
Clinic and the Spanish Catholic Center in 
Washington DC. • Yours truly sees Tom and 
Joan (Driscoll) Lynch either at Mass on Sunday 
or at different BC activities here in the Naples 
area. Tom. after a career in the reinsurance 
business, keeps busy tutoring migrant 
children in Bonita Springs. • Again, a very 
successful class luncheon was held at the 
Naples Yacht Club on March 4, with over 65 in 
attendance. • Also, many classmates were seen 
at the annual alumni Mass held by Fr. William 
Leahy in March at the Naples Grande. • Don't 
forget your class dues. Send your check for 
$25 to Jack "Mucca" McDevitt, 28 Cedar Rd., 
Medford, MA 02155. 

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Correspondent: Jo Cleary 

27 Kingswood Road 

Aubumdale, MA 02466; 617-332-6798 

Judy Carey Zesiger says, "I am in Florida, 
trying it out. This is my first winter staying put 
here after buying and renovating last year. I 
love the climate but miss family and friends. 
After Thanksgiving in Seattle with my 
youngest daughter, I spent Christmas on 
Maui, HI, with all the kids and grands." 

• Judith Young Runnette travels regularly. A 
September adventure was to see the Taj Mahal 
and a number of Indian cities, including New 
Delhi, Jaipur, Khajuraho, and Varanasi, one of 
the oldest cities in the world. • On the West 
Coast, Sheila Quinlan Brown has "just started 
learning tai chi, which I've been interested in 
for years. Otherwise, life moves on slowly 
and sweetly." • Traveling eastward, Maureen 
Ronan's destination was the Bahamas, for a 
six-day Bible cruise with her roommate of 50 
years ago when they taught at the Mannheim, 
Germany, U.S. Army base. Days in port were 
free, and evenings were filled with gospel 
music and preaching. "It's fun and inspiring." 

• Margie George Vis, Anne DeFazio Berra, and 
Mitzi Shaghalian Pemberton held their annual 
meeting in Sarasota last November. • Here's a 
nice winter itinerary from Helen McLachlan 
Smith: November, to Greensboro, NC, to visit 
daughter Kari and her husband and two 
children; January, to Palmas del Mar, PR, to 
visit son Bart and his wife; and February, to 
Anthem, AZ, to see youngest son, Conrad and 
his wife and two children. Two children, Shap 
and Hillary, live near Helen in Connecticut. 

• Dottie Roche Richardson wrote: "We are 
having a severe winter in England with the 
first proper snow in a long time. It takes very 
little snow to throw the British into 
turmoil. when I say 'severe' you would 
probably laugh." • I spoke with Mary Cahill 
Leyland recently. She and her sister Betsy 
NC59 "are still going strong." After working 
11 years in Old San Juan, PR, as director of the 
VA Regional Office, Mary retired in 2001. She 
has a master's degree in education and is now 
living in Georgetown with her husband, 
George. • Shelley Carroll Opiela, of Austin, 
TX, is involved in parish programs using her 
bilingual skills. "I had quite a bit to do 
with writing the entire 'Lent' book (in two 
languages)." Another project, providing a 

new outlet for her knitting and crocheting 
skills, is knitting prayer shawls, which are 
given as gifts, frequently to widows, in the 
recipient's favorite colors. 


Correspondent: George Holland 

244 Hawthorne Street 

Maiden, MA 02148; 781-321-4217 

Jim Marrinan, MSW'61, writes that he and his 
wife, Cynthia, are both well and enjoying life. 
• Marty Redington proudly announces that he 
and Andrea have become grandparents for the 
second time with the birth in November of 
Annika Kane Redington. • Joe Manfreda 
continues to be active in volunteer work in the 
Chicago area. • On January 21, a large crowd 
gathered at Boston College High School to 
honor its legendary coach, athletic director, 
teacher, and guidance counselor, Jim Cotter, 
on the launch of his autobiography, A True 
Man for Others: The Coach Jim Cotter Story 
(Peter E. Randall/Jetty House). Coauthored by 
sports writer Paul Kenney, the book features 
an extensive photo section that takes readers 
on a journey from Jim's childhood up to the 
present day. Jim was diagnosed with ALS, bet- 
ter known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2004. 
Proceeds from the book will support Coach, 
the Cotter Scholarship at BC High School, 
Compassionate Care ALS, and The Angel 
Fund. The book is available at BC High 
and on the book's Website, http:/ /www. coach 

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Correspondent: Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

75 Savoy Road 

Needham, MA 02492; 781-400-5405 

At a time when most of us are retiring, Sue 
Macksoud Wooten writes that she's going back 
to work and has "invented" a business called 
Woodstock Country Walking Tours (www. It offers 
not only country walking tours, but also sum- 
mer photo walks in the early morning and late 
afternoon; plein air painting workshops; and, 
for the more sedentary, a day in Woodstock, 
tailored to personal interests that can include 
a back country drive, lunch at a private home, 
a tour of a state-of-the-art sugarhouse, and a 
historical and architectural exploration of how 
Woodstock came to be. Sue will also offer 
accommodation at two charming homes, 
one a converted horse barn, the other an old 
farmhouse. For more information, e-mail Sue 
at • Dorothy 
Bohen Graham is another busy classmate. She 
and David plan to celebrate their 50th wedding 
anniversary this October with a cruise to the 
Holy Land and Alexandria, Egypt, with six 
friends (one being Janet Chartier O'Hanley). 
ending with a week in Rome. But Dottie and 
David won't be sitting still in the interim. Last 
spring they went to New York for a few days, 
followed by a week in Florida and then a week 
in Carefree, AZ, before returning to Block 
Island, where they spent a long and challeng- 

ing winter. • Janet O'Hanley has made the 
momentous decision to move from Newport, 
RI, to Naples, FL, with her daughter Marianna. 
She promises, however, to return to Newport 
for the summer. • Nancy Maslen Burkholder 
discovered the 70-Plus Ski Club on the Inter- 
net and spent several weeks this past winter 
skiing in Aspen and in Utah, from a base in 
Salt Lake City. • Patty O'Neill spent a month 
bird-watching in Colombia in early 2010. Patty 
was surprised to see that the Newton section 
of our 50th reunion yearbook, published by 
BC, reported that she had a life list of only 500 
birds. In fact the number should have been 
5,000 (a rufous rockjumper near Cape Town, 
South Africa, in October 2008 was No. 5,000), 
and after the Colombia trip with intervening 
trips to Mexico, Chile, and Costa Rica, her life 
list stands at 5,280 birds. • We were saddened 
to learn of the death of Paul Royston, husband 
of Dolores Seeman Royston, after a brave 
nine-year battle with melanoma. Paul was a 
fighter right up until the end, and the prayers 
of the class were with him and are with 
Dolores. • At long last, the Newton Class of 
1959 has put together a semicomplete list of 
e-mail addresses of class members, with 
thanks to Helen Craig Lynch, Jane Gillespie 
Steinthal, Janet Chute, and Joan Coniglio 
O'Donnell for their work in gathering the 
addresses. Patty O'Neill will be glad to e-mail 
the list to any class member who requests it 
and to add to the list any class member who 
would like to be on it. 


Correspondent: Joseph R. Carty 
253 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 

No matter how much has changed in the years 
since we left the Heights, the affection and 
pride we feel for Boston College remains 
constant. Reunion Weekend is a wonderful 
opportunity to remember what made our time 
at BCso special and to renew our connections 
to the place — and the people — that had such 
an impact on our lives. Our Golden Eagle 
reunion will commence on Thursday, June 3, 
with a golf outing at the Charles River Country 
Club, and a number of great events have been 
planned for Reunion Weekend, June 4-6, so 
why not join the fun and festivities! If you 
signed up for a yearbook, they will be available 
then. During the reunion, a photographer will 
be taking photos, which will be published as 
an addendum to the yearbook. • Unfortu- 
nately, several classmates are no longer with 
us. John Dunn passed away in June 2009. An 
investment advisor for 30 years with offices in 
Amherst, NH, and Newport Beach, CA, John 
was also an avid football fan. He is sorely 
missed by his family and friends. Donald 
Burke, MEd'65, of Newton died on January 11, 
2010. A physics teacher at Weston High 
School for 30 years, in 1993 he was honored 
by President Clinton at the White House as a 
Presidential Scholar. We send condolences to 
his family. Philip Langan died in November 
2009, having lost his wife, Uta, in August. 
Phil was a sports public relations director for 
several colleges as well as the Hartford 


Whalers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last 
June, he was inducted into the College Sports 
Information Directors of America Hall of 
Fame. Kevin O'Neil passed away in January. 
He was a CPA and resided in Ogunquit, ME. 
Our prayers are with his family at this time. 
Margaret Doyle Wheelan of Tampa died on 
February 7. She was a retired ESE specialist 
with the Hillsborough County Public Schools. 
May all these classmates rest in peace with the 
Lord. • As you may know, we also lost William 
Mclnnes, SJ, 44, MA'51, STL58, who was 
friendly with many students in the business 
school, in December 2009. May he rest 
in peace. He was the former president of 
Fairfield University and the University of 
San Francisco. 

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Correspondent: Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

The Golden Eagles' 50th reunion will be held 
June 4-6. There have been a number of events 
leading up to the reunion designed to encour- 
age classmates to connect and participate in 
Reunion Weekend. We hope you were able to 
enjoy some of these get-togethers and are 
planning to attend our 50th reunion in June. 
• A group of our classmates who live in the area 
gathered at the Charles River Country Club on 
December 17 to celebrate Christmas and each 
other. We enjoyed a delicious meal, good 
conversation, and the chance to relax and have 
fun! Carole Ward McNamara and Joyce Dwyer 
'60, MS'64, sponsored us for the second year, 
and we hope it will become an annual Christ- 
mas tradition. Please e-mail me if you would 
like to join us next year. • Carole Ward McNa- 
mara' s watercolor and oil paintings were on 
exhibit at Belmont Hill High School from 
February 17 to March 12. (Her four grandsons 
are students there.) Carole displayed 22 paint- 
ings. Many are in the Impressionist style; they 
portray gardens, New Hampshire landscapes, 
and seascapes. Paintings of Boston include 
The Boston Garden and Make Way for Ducklings. 
One of my favorites was of a red lobster boat in 
Gloucester. Carole was an art history major at 
Newton and has continued to take painting 
lessons through the years. Several Newton 
classmates came to support her and admire 
her talent. • The BC Golden Eagles yearbosk, 
already purchased, will be distributed at regis- 
tration. Some additional copies will be avail- 
able during Reunion Weekend. You can order 
a copy through the BC Alumni Association; 
the cost is $45. Photographs of the reunion 
will follow as a supplementary section to the 
yearbook. The BC/NC Yearbook Committee 
has developed what we hope will be a mean- 
ingful memento for all. On Sunday, June 6, a 
memorial Mass will be celebrated at Trinity 
Chapel at 10 a.m. All alumnae of Newton 
College are invited to participate in the Mass, 
during which the 11 deceased members of our 
class will be honored. Members of their fami- 
lies are invited to join us as our guests for the 
Mass and brunch to follow in Stuart House. 
We would love to have a large representation 
from our 50th reunion class. For those of you 
who cannot attend the weekend, we want you 

to know that you will be with us in spirit, and 
you will be missed. We look forward to recon- 
necting with all who can come and hope this 
will be a worthwhile, exciting weekend for all. 


Correspondents: Dave and Joan 

Angino Melville 
3 Earl Road 
Bedford, MA 01730; 781-275-6334 

We were very saddened to hear from Bob 
Flaherty, MBA' 65, that his daughter Chrissie 
had recently passed away from multiple organ 
failure after a short stay in the hospital. She 
leaves Bob and her stepmother, Dee, of Chatham 
and her brother, Robert, of Watertown. Bob 
spends the winter in Jupiter, FL, and summers 
at the Cape. • John "Red" Lane has asked for 
our assistance. He is doing research on a 
freshman classmate of ours, Capt. Joseph X. 
Grant, who was awarded the Congressional 
Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions 
in the Vietnam War. His name is inscribed on 
the Boston College Veterans Memorial, but 
little is known about him. He graduated from 
Matignon High School in 1957. If anyone 
knew Joseph Grant, please e-mail John at • I spoke to Jack Tenney, 
who became a CPA after graduation, moved to 
Vermont, eventually became a manufacturer 
of ski equipment, and now publishes a 
monthly magazine called Business People- 
Vermont. A former skier, he now plays golf and 
tennis. You might remember Jack as an avid 
intramural football player. He and his wife, 
Edna, go between Sugerbush, VT, and Fort 
Myers, FL. They have three children. • Henry 
Quinlan is also in the publishing business; he 
is president of Omni Publishing Company. 
Henry lived in Moscow from 1992 to 1996 
and published the first telephone book in 
Moscow since 1934. When I spoke to Henry, 
he was just leaving to go skiing at Okemo in 
Vermont. He also plays tennis three times a 
week and regularly beats Bubba Larkin. Henry 
lives in Wareham and has three children and 
six grandchildren. • John Hehir lives in Skill- 
man, NJ, with his wife, Roswitha, whom he 
met in Berlin. They have two children and two 
grandchildren. John spent 4 years in the Army 
and then worked for Chase Manhattan Bank 
for 33 years, retiring in 1998. He plays lots of 
golf and travels extensively. During his years 
with Chase Manhattan, he traveled the world 
and has been in more than 60 countries. John 
thinks Facebook is a great way for classmates 
to reconnect and is looking forward to the 
activities around our 50th anniversary next 
year. • Bob Leeber and his wife, Jeanne, live in 
Naples, where Bob is president of Island Title 
5 Star Agency. They have been in Florida for 
25 years but still return to their home in Need- 
ham each summer. They have one surviving 
child and four grandchildren. You might 
remember that, upon graduation, Bob opened 
an office in Newton Corner for R&R Associates, 
selling lots on Marco Island. He said a lot he 
sold back then for $16,000 just sold for $4.5 
million — it wasn't to a classmate! Bob is still 
recovering from back surgery he underwent 
last September and hopes to be able to return 
to boating in a few months. • Well, classmates, 

we have all pretty much passed the big "7-O," 
so congratulations and get ready for our 
50th reunion. 

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Correspondent: Missy Clancy Rudman 

1428 Primrose Lane 
Franklin, TN 37064 

Mary Sue Flanagan is enjoying the challenges 
of being an active realtor and Ignition volun- 
teer at a DC community kitchen. She suggests 
reading Gail Collins's book When Everything 
Changed and Joan Chittister's The Gift of 
Years. • Ellen MacDonald Carbone writes of 
Dan and Betsy Eads Thomas, who visited the 
Carbones in Boothbay Harbor. From there, the 
Thomases went on to Bar Harbor and Acadia 
National Park. • Tim '60, JD'64, and Gael 
Sullivan Daly attended the BC'60 prereunion 
festivities in Florida. • Speaking of prereunion, 
Brigid O'Sullivan Sheehan says our 50th 
reunion dates are June 3-5 — mark your calendars] 
Brigid writes, "I have had a good local 
response to requests for reunion help," and 
she is looking forward to hearing from the rest 
of us. With e-mail, we can always throw a few 
recommendations into the pot! • Betty Hitchins 
Wilson said the Haiti earthquake touched 
them deeply, as Haiti is a neighbor. 
Betty translated a collection of Haitian short 
stories by Yanick Lahens titled Aunt Resia and 
the Spirits and Other Stories, which was 
recently published by the University of 
Virginia Press. • We found out that Judy Voll- 
brecht, RSCJ, was on sabbatical in the States 
when the earthquake occurred in Haiti. 
She wrote that she planned to return in 
March. Mookie Stehling Kamps has been 
instrumental in helping us establish an "extras 
fund" for Sr. Judy. The purpose is to give Sr. 
Judy some discretionary funds she could use 
to meet some of the human needs around her. 
• I hope your summer is a time of enjoyment 
with your families and friends. 


Correspondents: Frank and 

Eileen (Trish) Faggiano 
33 Gleason Road 
Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-0720 

Congratulations to Kevin Leary and his wife, 
Mary Kelleher, on receiving the Raymond J. 
Callahan, SJ, Service Award at the annual 
Nativity Spirit Service Award Dinner, held at 
BC High School on March 11. Kevin and Mary 
are extremely active, serving on numerous 
boards, Nativity Prep included, as well as 
giving time and financial support to many 
charities throughout the city, including Camp 
Harbor View; Big Brothers Big Sisters of 
Massachusetts Bay; New England Prison Min- 
istries; Pioneer Place; Rodman Ride for Kids; 
and Christmas in the City. Kevin is chairman 
and CEO of VPNE Parking Solutions in 
Boston, and Mary is a real-estate broker with 
Gibson Sotheby's International Realty. Mary 
and Kevin are the proud parents of six 
children and six grandchildren. • Dick Dewar 


was in Boston in December to administer the 
oath of office to son Kyle as he assumed the 
rank of lieutenant colonel, USMC. Dick's wife, 
Mary Lou. and Kyle's wife, Cherie, pinned his 
new rank on his uniform. The ceremony was 
held in the captain's cabin aboard the USS 
Constitution. Our congratulations and thanks 
to the Dewar family. • Jack Donovan and his 
family went to Costa Rica for Thanksgiving. 
Jack's two sons from San Francisco and his 
daughter with her husband and their baby 
spent eight days in the small town of Samara. 
• Our December class luncheon was hosted by 
Bob Murray at his condo and was attended by 
Steve Bam 7 . Paul Deeley. Jack Donovan, Frank 
Faggiano. Mike Farrington. Lee Heiler, Chris 
Lee. Paul McNamara JD'65, Joyce Francis 
McDevitt, Paul Norton, and Larry Sanford. 
If anyone is interested in joining our monthly 
luncheon group, please contact Frank Fag- 
giano. • Gene Guerrera and his wife, Pat, are 
now living in Barnstable on the Cape. • Please 
be aware there is a complimentary online 
prayer request service for alumni. "On Eagles' 
Wings" can be accessed through the alumni 
link on the BC Website. • Our best to all of you. 

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Correspondent: Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
26 Ridgewood Crossing 
Hingham. MA 02043 

As I began to write this column, Toni Lilly 
Roddy called — in the middle of the biggest 
blizzard to hit DC — just to catch up. She and 
husband Joe went to Normandy in September 
with Jayne Murray Peterson and her husband, 
Jerry. She said it was one of the most impressive 
trips they have ever taken. She is thinking of 
retiring from the store where she has loved 
working for many years, but I think I've heard 
her say that before. Toni feels blessed, as do I, 
that all her grandchildren live in the area. 
• After retiring from years in education as a 
teacher and administrator, Janet Richmond 
Latour ( has a new 
career as a gold specialist with Party of Gold. 
She hosts home parties and instead of having 
participants spend money, she gives them 
money for their old gold. She's having a lot of 
fun with it. • Peggy Bailey Lamontagne has 
moved back to Hingham and is enjoying 
reconnecting with many old friends. Peg grew 
up in Weymouth, and she and her late hus- 
band, Dick, lived in Hingham for many years 
before moving to New York state and then 
to Plymouth, MA. It's nice to have another 
Newton classmate in the neighborhood. • It's 
time to build a team to begin work on our 
50th. Back at the time of our 45th, several 
people volunteered to do something for the 
50th. Ellen Markey Thurmond and Anne 
Gallagher Murphy offered to work on a class 
book, and Bobbie Schroetter Speck volun- 
teered to edit the book. Carol Carson Musso 
said she would write a letter encouraging 
people to come. Marsha Whelan (marsh- said she would create a 
website, and Robbie Von Urff Sweeney said 
she would set up a conference call line for us. 
Marsha has asked anyone who might be 
interested or more skilled in building websites 
to please contact her to see what they can 

create together. Several others have also 
offered to help: Mary O'Connor Sears, Julie 
McGraw Brown, Mary Jane Moran MacLean, 
and Nancy Crowell Haefeli. It makes sense 
to set up a few committees and divvy up the 
work so no one person has to do it all. Boston 
College does a wonderful job with the 
reunions, and our part would be to add 
anything that we think we would like to do 
above and beyond. • Jackie Gegan Mooney and 
her husband, Bill '60, lost their eldest son, 
Paul, on December 5 after a 35-year battle with 
cystic fibrosis. Losing a child, no matter what 
age, can be the most painful. Our hearts go 
out to you, Jackie and Bill. 


Correspondent: Matthew). McDonnell 

121 Shore Avenue 

Quincy, MA 02i6g; 617-479-1714 

I received an e-mail from Mary Carol (Siverd) 

Staiger, who was trying to hook up with her 
former roomie, Sheila E. Smith. Mary has 
been living in Alta, WY, for 20 years. She 
practiced medical-surgical nursing on Long 
Island on and off while raising three children 
and also went to Touro College of Law. After 
moving to Wyoming, she remarried. She 
passed the Wyoming Bar in 1999 and now has 
a solo practice in family law. Sheila is a 
certified financial planner and lives and works 
in Reading, MA. • I heard from Donna 
Sullivan '65, wife of Ed Sullivan. MS'65, that 
Ed was described in this column, in complete 
defiance of spell-check, as a "private investigator," 
when in fact, in his retirement he is a "private 
investor," as in stocks and bonds, not cops and 
robbers! Happy to hear the family had a good 
laugh over this one, and that I was able to 
provide the humor, albeit unintentionally. 
• I'm sad to report the November 20, 2009, 
passing of Thomas P. Lynch. Tom was a physi- 
cian in the Navy for 25 years and retired in 
1986. He then practiced dermatology in Toms 
River, NJ, until moving back to Massachusetts 
in 2005. He leaves his wife, Mary Lou; one son 
and four daughters; three siblings; and eight 
grandchildren. • Going to press, I learned of 
the death of Richard F. Sullivan on January 13. 
Dick had retired as a senior VP of Bank 
of America and was living in Shrewsbury. 
Sincere class condolences to Dick's and Tom's 
families. • I would love to hear from you! 

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Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty 

ckm2@ mi 

106 Woodhue Lane 

Caiy, NC 27518; 919-233-056} 

Maureen Meehan O'Leary, Carol Donovan 
Levis, and Colette Koechley McCarty visited 
Penny Brennan Conaway in Washington DC 
during the first full week of January. While 
there, besides all the talk and laughter — and a 
bracing walk to the National Cathedral — we 
visited the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at the 
National Geographic Society. Barbara Jones 
NC'62 entertained us for dinner one 
night. We had a great time and missed the 

snow. • Carolyn Mclnerney McGrath has put 

together what sounds like a wonderful 
event. She has arranged for a morning at the 
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art on 
April 13. Attendees will meet at 10:30 for a 
docent-led tour of the new Greek and Roman 
gallery. SWC lives! The tour will be followed by 
lunch in the Petrie Court. The cost will be 
about $70 — more about the gathering in the 
next issue. • Nancy Waeber Gleiman, MEd'79, 
and your correspondent had a long overdue 
lunch in Cary, NC, where we have both lived 
for years. It was fun to get caught up. • We 
would love to have your news! E-mail the BC 
Alumni Association ( or 
me with news you'd like to share with us. 


Correspondent: John Moynihan 
27 Rockland Street 
Swampscott, MA 0190 7 

Marshall Hoffman owns Hoffman & Hoffman 
Worldwide, a global public relations company 
with offices in Nairobi, Buenos Aires, London, 
Toronto, and Geneva. The firm works with the 
governments of the United States, Norway, the 
United Kingdom, Mexico, and Japan, and also 
with some of the largest UN agencies: the 
World Health Organization, the International 
Atomic Energy Agency, and the UN Office on 
Drugs and Crime. • Jim Spillane, SJ, MA'68, 
MDiv'76, recently relocated from Indonesia to 
Mwanza, Tanzania, and promptly came down 
with malaria. As I write, he is recuperating at 
the Jesuit parish of St. Francis Xavier. Always 
the optimist, he reports that his "new room 
has a lovely view of Lake Victoria." He will be 
teaching economics at the university. • Eileen 
Luddy has retired from Salem State College. 
Husband Tom '63, MA'65. has also retired 
from Salem State but is still teaching there 
part-time and has been directing one of the 
school's plays each year. • Howard Russell 
retired this past January after 32 years as a 
prosecuting attorney (building code violations) 
for the City of Boston's Inspectional Services 
Department. He spent a lot of time prosecuting 
slumlords in the Boston Housing Court. • Bob 
Bent's daughter Eliza '04 wrote She of the 
Voice, a play about Magda Mandela, which was 
presented at the Thinking Person's Theatre 
in New York City. • Marie (Grady) Doherty is 
working at the VA Medical Center in 
Charleston, SC, as a home telehealth care 
coordinator. "This is the future of medical care," 
she writes. "We work at helping the veterans 
stay at home and manage their own care with 
their primary care provider." • Ken Calabria, 
MEd'84, reports that wife Pat has recovered 
nicely from total hip replacement. "The first 
one was done four years ago. She is now out of 
hips to replace." Ken is still teaching religious 
studies to seniors at Bishop Guertin High 
School in Nashua, NH. • Bob Scavullo joined 
the John Moynihan family at the BC-USC 
"Nut Bowl" game in San Francisco. Bob and I 
also had lunch last fall with that wonderful 
priest, Bill Mclnnes, SJ, '44, MA'51, STL'58, a 
few weeks before his death. • Jack McDonnell 
passed away last November. Jack was a sys- 
tems engineer for IBM from 1964 until his 
retirement in 1991. May he rest in peace. 


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Correspondent: Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 

125 Elizabeth Road 

New Rochelle, NY 10804; 914-636-0214 

Well, here we go again — a major dry spell, 
and I'm not referring to the weather, as 
those of you on the East Coast know all too 
well. • Luckily, Jill Schoemer Hunter (my 
roommate, you may recall) sent a great 
update at Christmas, complete with a photo 
of herself and Dennis. Jill became vice 
mayor of Saratoga, CA, on December 1, and 
now, as she put it, "The Big Cheese must 
make up her mind if she wants to run for a 
second four-year term. Place your bets now." 
All four sons seem to be thriving. Jeff is now 
at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. Craig 
"travels the world spreading the solar gospel" 
for Intermolecular. Chris and his wife 
have been hard at work transforming 
Magnolia Gift and Garden into the premier 
nursery in Chico, CA. Trevor "somehow sur- 
vives in New York City on a pittance of a 
salary from the American Music Center, has 
discovered a passion for writing, and loves 
his new apartment in Brooklyn. Dennis 
has been deemed 'the thinker' and continues 
to try to gain perspective on what is going 
on in the nation and why." Good luck with 
that one, Dennis. For me, though, the best 
part of hearing from Jill was the discovery 
that she has a hanger in her closet that says 
"P. Weinlandt"! I suggest that she bring it 
to the 50th. • Finally, you know those annoy- 
ing pieces of junkmail from banks, credit 
card companies, etc.? Well here's the latest 
one that popped up in my mailbox: "This 
entitles you to $400 OFF your next purchase 
of a digital hearing aid system." Are you 
not hearing me? I need input from you. 
Till next time, you aging hippies. 



Correspondent: Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Avenue 

Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-1187 

As our 45th reunion is fast approaching, 
it is a good time to think about a donation 
to Boston College. Many of our classmates 
have been very generous over the years, 
but if you have not had the opportunity to 
give, now might be the right time. It might 
be the year to think of contributing a dollar 
or more for every year since we graduated. 
It would mean that a high percentage of 
our class members would be donating — 
and each dollar counts! • Ellen and Jack 
Cotter, MBA'72, have been neighbors in 
our building this winter in Naples. They 
are enjoying golf and the great restaurants 
and ambience of Naples. • I received a news 
release from Beloit College about a new 
book that Ron Nief and his Beloit colleague 
Tom McBride are cowriting; it will be 
published next year by Wiley & Sons under a 
title that has yet to be determined. It evolved 
from the Beloit College Mindset List, 
released each August for the past 11 years, 

which traces the life experiences of students 
entering college that fall. It is a concise 
overview of the time in which students 
have been alive and how they view the world. 
The list has been featured on news programs 
around the world, and Ron also speaks to 
groups around the country. Ron is emeritus 
director of public affairs at Beloit, where 
he has been since 1996. • Sarah Ann and Jim 
Mahoney, along with their children, Sean 
and Suzanne '02, enjoyed the BC-BU hockey 
game at Fenway Park in January. Diane 
and Tom Whelan report that their daughter 
Kimberly was also there. Kim earned her 
MEd from BC in 2008 and is now a 
first-grade teacher in Wilmington. • On 
October 10, 2009, Mary Margaret and John 
Griffin celebrated the wedding of their 
daughter Mary Margaret to David Galvin 
at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in 
Boothbay Harbor, ME. A reception followed 
at the Newagen Seaside Inn on Southport 
Island, where the Griffins have a summer 
home. Neal and Patricia Harte and Jim and 
Sarah Ann Mahoney joined family and 
friends at the happy event. John and Mary 
Margaret have two older children: John, who 
is married to Michelle VanDeCarr, and Jim, 
who is married to Michelle Litz and has four 
children — Benjamin, Bryan, Cole, and Ella. 
• Again, I am asking that more classmates 
send me an e-mail so we will have more 
news. I hope we will see you at our 45th 
reunion in June! 

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Correspondent: Linda Mason Crimmins 
3902 MacGregor Drive 
Columbia, SC 29206 

Pat Noonan Walsh sends greetings from 
Dublin, where they have had the coldest 
winter in many years. Pat is enjoying her first 
year of retirement, spending time with her 
seven grandchildren — four girls and three 
boys — and working on some interesting 
projects. • Nancy Cunniff Cole is working on 
an assignment at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear 
Power Plant in southern Maryland. She is 
finding time to enjoy some great sailing and 
eating lots of crab. It doesn't get better than 
that. • Lisa Pustorino Edmiston echoes the 
sentiments of many of us. She writes, "We are 
still learning what retirement means and 
trying to navigate the mysteries of Medicare, 
Medigap insurance, Part D, etc." That being 
said, this writer still thinks that retirement is 
awesome! Having the time enabled me to take 
several trips to my old haunts in Pennsylva- 
nia; to meet up with old friends, including Gay 
Friedmann, Rowie Barsa Elenbaas, and Judy 
Maguire in DC; and to spend about three 
months in Denver in 2009. • Joan Walsh 
Rossi, MA'66, checked in between ski trips 
to New Hampshire and Vail. • In January, 
Margaret Schmitt Schmidt and her husband 
cruised the Caribbean, finding five new ports 
they hadn't visited before. • Libby Miller 
Fitzgerald reports that she is working pretty 
regularly now for the NPR station WVTF in 
Roanoke, doing news stories for Morning 
Edition and All Things Considered, as well as 
hosting a one-hour live call-in public affairs 

program once a month called Evening Edition. 
• Gay Friedmann spent a month in Florida 
escaping all the snow that fell in the DC area 
this winter! Smart planning! • Speaking of 
planning, it's countdown time to our 45th 
reunion on June 4-6, and your Reunion 
Committee has been hard at work. In addition 
to the Saturday evening class dinner and the 
Sunday morning Mass and brunch, there 
will be a private viewing of the exhibit Asian 
Journeys: Collecting Art in Post-war America 
and a cocktail reception at the McMullen 
galleries on Saturday evening just prior to our 
class dinner. Let me know if you haven't 
received the registration information, and I 
will put you in touch with our committee. 
Please e-mail me if you are planning to attend 
the reunion; I am keeping a running list of 
attendees and will send it out to you as new 
names are added. Please make your best effort 
to join us; we have shared four years of 
life-changing education and friendships. There 
is a common bond that unites us; come share 
the fellowship and the memories. See you soon! 


Boston College Alumni Association 

825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

On March 24, Muffle Martin, founding 
member of the Council for Women of Boston 
College, participated as a panelist in the GOLD 
(Graduates of the Last Decade) event held at 
the BC Club in Boston, presenting on the topic 
of networking for women in today's economy. 
The Council is dedicated to furthering the role 
of alumnae as leaders and active participants 
in the University. 

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Correspondent: Catherine Beyer Hurst 

4204 Silent Wing 

Santa Fe, NM 87507; 505-474-3162 

I am giving this month's column over to 
Jane Bianco Kelly, who sent me the following 
news. Several others responded generously to 
my request for notes, and I will be holding 
those until the next issue. Jane writes: "After 
reading several months ago that you had created 
a Newton '66 Facebook group, I immediately 
signed up. Joining FB has been (insert 
superlative here!). In addition to reconnecting 
with classmates like Kathy Brosnan Dixon and 
my old roomie Sandra Puerini Del Sesto and 
commiserating with Beth Gundlach as she 
shoveled herself out of one snowstorm after 
another this winter, I started an online conver- 
sation with my dear friend Mary Lou Wachsmith. 
Our e-mails, comments, and reminiscences 
led to a reunion in February in Naples, FL. We 
had a great time together, took some cute 
photos, and caught up on 44 years of growth 
and change. I can report on the pleasure of 
being close friends with several of our '66ers. 
Mary Jean Sawyers Krackelef and I, along with 
our husbands (both Class of '66), spend most 
of the winter in Naples. The men golf, the 
women walk on the beach, and we silently thank 


our parents for sending us to Newton and into 
each other's lives. One of 2009's greatest 
moments was the wedding of Chris Krackeler 
to Suzanne Madden, daughter of Sharon 
O'Keefe Madden NC'68. Judy Schneider Stan- 
ley. Midge Kramer Wilker. Maiy Jean, Sharon, 
and I took up as much bonding time as the 
occasion would allow. My life in New Jersey 
for the past 35 years has made it easy for me to 
connect with metro-area classmates for cock- 
tails and dinner. Jobs, retirement, grandchil- 
dren, and aging are all topics that are touched 
on during these special times together. Mike 
and I have two children, and they both live in 
California. We have five grandchildren ranging 
in age from 3 to 11. They're all individuals, and 
we adore them. Life has been great, and for all 
those who might hail from elsewhere: we love 
New Jersey. Yo! Do you have a problem with 
that? I hope all our classmates who read this 
will join us on Facebook. Just do it! There are 
photos galore (everyone looks great!), and it's a 
blast to find someone after more than 40 
years. Thank you, Cathy. I'm grateful that dur- 
ing your very busy and most interesting life, 
you carved out time to keep us together." 


Correspondents: Charles and 

Mary-Anne Benedict 
84 Rockland Place 
Newton Upper Falls, MA 024,64, 

Connie and Bill Cotter are again proud grand- 
parents: twin boys, Graham and Miles, were 
born in September to their daughter Amory '95 
and her husband, Joe Mitchell '94. In March 
2009, daughter Amanda and her husband, 
Mark Driscoll, had a boy, James, and in October 
2008, their daughter Christine '02 and her hus- 
band, Patrick Gregory, welcomed a daughter, 
Madeline. Bill is VP and general counsel for 
Vista Capital. • Liz (Young) Hormann writes 
from Cologne, Germany, where she has lived 
for the past 24 years. She is currently enrolled 
in a PhD program in maternal and child health. 
Liz co-wrote a book on breastfeeding while she 
was in Kosovo in 1999-2000. It has been 
translated into French, Hungarian, Italian, and 
Russian. • We recently spoke with Phil Lavelle, 
also of the Woods College. Phil lives in Need- 
ham and owns All Pro Painters. • Marion Mayr 
Billings writes of the passing of her former 
spouse and our classmate, Brad Billings, on 
January 24, 2010, after a prolonged illness. We 
extend our condolences to his three children, 
Timothy in New York City; Stephen, an 
economics professor at UNC; and Leslie in 
Charlottesville, VA. He also leaves five grand- 
children. Brad received his PhD from Cornell. 
He lived in northern Virginia and was a professor 
of economics at Georgetown University for 25 
years. • In 2009, Ellen (Collins) Hollander 
passed away in December 2008 in her home in 
San Antonio, where she had lived since 1970. 
Most of her career was in personnel manage- 
ment, working primarily at Methodist Hospital 
in San Antonio. Ellen also taught in the man- 
agement department of San Antonio College. 
She leaves her son, Chris Botto. Also, on October 
31, 2010, we lost Timothy J. Banfield Jr. He was 
a psychologist in private practice and on staff at 
Doctors Hospital in Columbus, OH. He leaves 

his fiancee, son, two sisters, and three grand- 
children. We send condolences to the Hollander 
and Banfield families. • By the time you read 
this, the class will have held its annual hockey 
game and reception. Rink-rats seen at Conte 
Forum include Mary- Anne and Charles Benedict 
MBA'70, Paul White, Jerry Madek MA'69, 
Frank Salimbene, Tom Marchitelli, Bob Slattery, 
Dennis Griffin, John Ryan, and Jim Hickey. 

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Correspondent: M. Adrienne Tarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Fairfax, VA 22033-1212; 703-709-089.6 

We have another classmate welcoming a new 
grandbaby into her family. Maria Metzler 
Johnson dodged ice storms to fly to Chicago 
right after the birth of the family's first grand- 
child, Owen Ludovic Alexander, on December 
8. Everyone is overjoyed with their little guy. 
Maria's daughter Martha took three months 
off from her family practice residency to settle 
him in. He later took a quick trip to visit his 
grandparents in Austin for a real Texas 
welcome! Maria also reported that son Calvin 
is engaged, and son Matthew changed jobs to 
work for a nonprofit organization in Min- 
neapolis. It looks like the Johnsons will continue 
to pile up air miles keeping up with their busy 
family. • I imagine those of us in normally 
minimally-snowy sections of the country spent 
several weeks reminiscing about our Boston 
days, what with all the snow we accumulated 
this past winter. At one point, there were reports 
that all of us stateside — or at least the states we 
live in — were affected by snow. During that time, 
I was in touch with Marilyn Santos Velayo in 
the Philippines. Even she remembered her senior 
year when she had a car: "I will never forget hav- 
ing to change to winter tires just to drive through 
the snow! Those were the days... carefree and 
worry free! I will always look back to that time 
with a lot of fondness." • I recently checked a 
class list. Of the 150 classmates named on it, 7 
had passed away and around 20 are seemingly 
"lost" or haven't kept their contact information 
current. (When I e-mail messages to addresses 
I do have, they sometimes bounce, so please 
keep your contact information up-to-date.) 
That means there are a lot of you who are just 
hiding. We would like to hear from more of you. 
We have only two more years before our 45th 
reunion. Let's try to keep connected. I am hoping 
that warmer weather over the summer will thaw 
your stubborn joints enough that you can send 
me some news for the next column. And don't 
forget to let me know if anyone needs the 
prayers of our class Prayer Net. In the mean- 
time, enjoy the next three months until there 
is more news. God bless you all! 


Correspondent: Judith Anderson Day 

The Brentwood 323 

11300 San Vicente Boulevard 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Happy spring, classmates! • For the third 
year in a row, Paul Donovan has been named 

by Boston Magazine as a Massachusetts Super 
Lawyer in the area of trust and estate law and 
estate planning, which is his specialty. He 
is a partner at the Boston law firm of Taylor, 
Ganson & Perrin, LLP. Paul lives in Water- 
town with wife Carol Lazarus (Bennington 
'69), who is also a lawyer and works for the 
Boston Public Schools. Their older son, Sam 
(Bowdoin '07), recently returned to Boston 
from a nine-month trip around the world. 
Their younger son, Mike, will graduate from 
Occidental College in Los Angeles this May. 
• We send our sincere condolences to the 
family of our classmate David Barry, JD'71, 
who passed away in Peabody in November 
2009. • John Riordan moved to Fairfax, VA, 
owing to a job transfer with the federal 
government. Noticing all the VTech and UVA 
license plates, he thought Virginia needed a 
BC representative. He found that Virginia 
offered a vanity license plate picturing an 
eagle, so he ordered a very cool eagle plate 
with "BC Fan" inscribed. He's had many 
interesting reactions while tooling the 
highways of Virginia, Maryland, and North 
Carolina — particularly at BC-Virginia and 
other ACC football games. Such fun! I told 
John that, for many years, the Day family 
sported BC-fan license plates in Connecticut. 
They became prized trophies for the dorm 
walls of our sons while they were at BC and 
are family heirlooms now. • Our friends Mau- 
reen '69 and Kip Doran are serving in the 
Peace Corps in Ramotswa, Botswana. They 
are very involved in important medical and 
educational issues, particularly in the field of 
AIDS education and literacy programs. Kip, 
using his African moniker Kgosi, meaning 
"chief," keeps in contact with family and 
friends worldwide with his witty and highly 
informative blog, The Dorans — Boomers in 
Africa. Kip and Maureen became first-time 
grandparents in December when beautiful 
Avie O'Keefe Marshall was born in Boston to 
daughter Alison '00 and her husband, Jason 
'00. Heartiest congratulations to all! 

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Correspondent: Kathleen Hastings 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10383 

I am so sad to have to tell you that our friend 
and classmate Louise Demers Noble, MEd'8o, 
passed away in January after a three-year 
battle with cancer. She will always be remem- 
bered for her gentle smile and kind manner. 
Louise lived in Duxbury and leaves behind 
her husband, Bob, and two sons, Alex and 
Chris. Please keep them in your prayers. 
• The Newton at Napa Reunion is getting 
closer! The dates are September 30-October 2. 
For details, e-mail 
This promises to be (in 1960s lingo) "a blast." 
Don't miss it! 


Correspondent: James R. Littleton 

39 Dale Street 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 


Joan and Barry Greene will be celebrating 
their 40th wedding anniversary in July. Barry 
is practicing law with his son, Evan, in Boston. 
Daughter Pam will be starting law school at 
Syracuse in the fall. Barry and Joan are the 
proud grandparents of Chloe (7), Benjamin 
(3), and Lilly (2). Barry is an avid fisherman 
and enjoys taking Chloe out in his boat. 

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Correspondent: Mary Cabel Costello 
4088 Meadowcreek Lane 
Copley, OH 44321 

My favorite time of year just arrived! Unfortu- 
nately I have sad news again. Our classmate 
Peggy Burns Ludeke passed away on January 
19, 2009. When I first arrived at the Academy 
of the Sacred Heart in Cincinnati way back in 
seventh grade, Peggy was my first friend. We 
spent many years being best friends. We 
bought clothes alike, talked on the phone 
constantly, and even had our own language! 
Over the past several years we drifted apart, 
but often on trips back to Cincinnati to see my 
parents, I would run into her. I remember 
exactly where we were the very last time I saw 
her. For the last few years, Peggy dealt with a 
very serious progressive palsy disease much 
like Parkinson's disease. The doctors knew 
just what it was, but they could not help her. 
Her dear 97-year-old mother wrote me the 
nicest note. She said Peggy never gave up 
during her sickness. Before her illness, Peggy 
was an accomplished equestrienne. She loved 
horses way back when we were in seventh 
grade; she was constantly drawing them. 
Please say a prayer for her and for her 
husband, Ted. • Along with that prayer, you 
can also say one for Ann Lessing Bresnan's 
husband, who passed away just after Thanks- 
giving. Bill was a pioneer in the cable industry. 
He was well liked in the industry and admired 
for his dedication to those less fortunate. Just 
before his death, he received an award from 
the Fiver Children's Foundation for building a 
pavilion at Camp Fiver, a summer camp in 
upstate New York for underprivileged children. 
We send our condolences, Ann. • In December 
2009, Jill Hendrickson Daly became a grand- 
mother for the second time when grand- 
daughter Quinn Frances Daly was born. • Last 

December, Paula Fisher Paterson spent a week 
cruising the Danube, and in February, she 
became a grandmother for the third time, 
welcoming Charles John Paterson. • Jill and 
Sue Davies Maurer spent a week in November 
riding horses at a dude ranch in Wyoming. 

• In the Fall 2009 issue of Boston College 
Magazine, I hope you read the article about 
Susan Power Gallagher, who received the 
William V. McKenney Award, honoring her 
for her outstanding contributions to Boston 
College, to her profession, and to society. This 
past February, the entire Gallagher family 
rallied and held the second annual Put Your 
Heart Into It evening to raise funds for Donate 
Life, an organ transplant organization. You'll 
remember that Tim, Susan's son, received his 
second heart transplant in December 2008. 

• Send some happy news, please. 


Correspondent: Dennis Razz Berry 

15 George Street 

Wayland, MA 01778; 508-655-1497 

Stantec Inc., a professional services company 
in the design and consulting industry, has 
named Paul Cellucci, JD'73, as its new director. 
Paul is a former U.S. ambassador to Canada 
and a former Massachusetts governor. • Last 
October, Kevin Dole received the Pathologist 
of the Year award, the College of American 
Pathologists' highest honor, in recognition of 
his strong leadership of the Council on 
Membership and Professional Development 
and his contributions to the college and the 
specialty of pathology over many years. Kevin 
earned his MD at Tufts University School of 
Medicine. • Joan Rahavy of Waterbury Center, 
VT, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. 
She was expecting to depart for Thailand in 
January to begin training as a community 
development Peace Corps volunteer. Joan, who 
holds a master's in finance from Babson 
College, previously worked as director of 
international human resources at Verizon 
Communications. • In fall 2009, Jim Reilly 
spent a week at sea aboard the Navy aircraft 
carrier USS Ronald Reagan. One of about 800 
civilian guests on a special "tiger cruise," he 
sailed from Pearl Harbor to the ship's home 
port in San Diego as the guest of his son, Lt. 


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Andrew M. Reilly '98. Among the highlights 
of the trip was an air power demonstration 
featuring the ship's various types of aircraft, 
including a supersonic flyby. Andrew, an 
assistant operations officer for Carrier Air 
Wing 14, flies the EA-6B Prowler and had just 
returned from a five-month deployment 
providing air support to our troops in 
Afghanistan. Andrew, wife Kelly Reilly '99, 
MSW'oo, and their son Fletcher (4) live in 
Lemoore, CA. Jim has been practicing law 
with Herzog Law Firm, PC, for the past 35 
years and is also an Air Force veteran. 

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Correspondent: Fran Dubrowski 

3251 Klingle Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20008 

Congratulations to Barbara Ann "Chickie" 
Villano, who retired as presiding criminal 
court judge after 20 years on Ocean County's 
bench! A former National Council of Juvenile 
and Family Court Judges trustee known 
for rehabilitating through treatment rather 
than incarceration and for juvenile justice 
reform, Chickie won accolades from the New 
Jersey Bar and the press. Postretirement 
plans -include Spain's Camino de Santiago 
pilgrimage, returning as "a certified pilgrim"; 
offering friends cooking classes; and learning 
pottery. Wish her joy! • Congratulations to 
Patti Bruni Keefe, Montrose School honoree 
for educating women of faith, character, and 
vision; novice skeet-shooter Jane McMahon, 
photographed looking quite professional as 
she practiced her 20-gauge at the Danbury, 
CT, gun club (with Margie Sawyer of 
Bellingham, WA); Harriet Mullaney, proud 
aunt of adorable great-nephew Max; and 
Jane Reilly, a Taj Mahal visitor with son Mike 
and a grandmother to charming Jackson and 
Avery. • Cricket Costigan reports that "life 
goes on pleasantly." Cricket, acting deputy 
commissioner of the Islip, Long Island, 
Planning Department, lives with her mother 
(age 100) and brother in a waterfront house 
they built 15 years ago. "My recently assumed 
challenge is raising Bluey, a black Lab puppy 
from the Guide Dog Foundation. Now I see 
why I didn't have children. To win wars, 
we should airdrop black Lab puppies in 
enemy territory; they'd destroy everything 
in sight. I'll return Bluey to the foundation 
after a year, and wiser trainers will finish his 
education as a guide dog. I escape monthly 
to my house in a rustic area on the Chesa- 
peake's Eastern Shore. If a classmate finds 
herself near Nanticoke, MD, she's probably 
lost — but very welcome. I finished a season 
as catcher for a town softball team. My 
teammates, 20-something males and one 
female, all smoked, cursed constantly, and 
had various metal objects fastened to their 
faces. They gave me a team spirit award and 
didn't seem to notice that I was old enough to 
be their grandmother. What a hoot!" Cricket 
maintains a Manhattan apartment and 
welcomes visitors. • Your e-mails are ever 
wittier. Is this aging or a reunion warm-up? 
When Joan O'Callaghan culled her closets 
(there's discipline!), she uncovered and 
circulated a college-era photo of Mary Downs, 


LLM'74- Mary's unduly modest response: 
"I remember the sweater, but both it and 
the figure are long gone!" Chickie Villano's 
more considered judgment (she did spend 
20 years on the bench): "Hey — that's my 
roommate! Was and still is gorgeous, although 
now much more a Candice Bergen look." A 
reflective exchange! 


Correspondent: James R. Macho 

gog Hyde Street, Suite 325 

San Francisco, CA g4iog 

Congratulations to Barbara and Dominick 
Preziosi. who became grandparents for the 
first time in September 2009 when Molly was 
born to their daughter Jennifer. Then in 
November, they became grandparents again 
when daughter Carrianne '02, MSW'07, gave 
birth to Maggie. In January, Dominick and 
Barbara came to California and visited us at 
our home in Mill Valley. We celebrated their 
milestones with a dinner paired with a flight 
of excellent California wines. Dominick 
reports that Steve Fogarty became a grandpar- 
ent in August 2009 with the birth of 
Benjamin. • I am happy to report that my 
daughter Jennifer '09 was accepted at Stan- 
ford University for graduate study in the 
School of Education. She will be starting in 
June. My son, James Jr., is completing a 
one-year tour of duty in Iraq. He took a break 
during his sophomore year of college to deploy 
with his National Guard unit. We look forward 
to his return in April. • Joe Collins reports that 
Charley McBride is VP of investor relations at 
Pitney Bowes, where he has worked for 
37 years. Charley's son Chuck is a junior at 
BC, maintaining the McBride family tradition; 
Charley's father, two sisters, daughter, and 
cousin are all BC graduates! Charley and his 
wife, Judy, are avid Eagle football fans. They 
have held season tickets for the last seven 
years, and they follow the team on the road, 
including bowl games. • Congratulations to 
Richard Walega, who was selected by Presi- 
dent Obama in February to serve as HUD's 
New England regional director. Richard will 
serve as HUD's liaison to mayors, city 
managers, elected representatives, state and 
local officials, members of Congress, private 
and nonprofit developers, stakeholders, and 
customers. He will oversee the delivery of 
HUD programs and services to communities 
and evaluate their efficiency and effectiveness. 
Prior to the appointment, he served as execu- 
tive director of the Housing Authority in New 
Bedford. After BC, Richard received his mas- 
ter's in government from the University 
of San Francisco. • I wish everyone a great 
summer — and don't forget to write! 

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Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Mary Lou DeLong, a founding member of 
the Council for Women of Boston College, 

participated as a host in the Take a Student to 
Work program for higher education adminis- 
tration at Boston College on March 16. Take 
a Student to Work is a council sponsored 
program in which a council member hosts a 
group of students at her place of business. The 
council is dedicated to furthering the role of 
alumnae as leaders and active participants in 
the University. • Editor's note: We would like 
to thank Gigi Pardofor her long service as corre- 
spondent for the Newton College Class of'ji. We 
are now seeking a new correspondent; if you 
would like to serve as a volunteer in this position, 
please contact Betsy McLain, class notes editor, at or at the address noted above. 


Correspondent: Lawrence Edgar 

530 South Barrington Avenue, No. 110 

Los Angeles, CA goo^g 

I've had some more reminders of our time 
at the Heights. One was when Scott Brown, 
JD'85, was elected to the U.S. Senate. There 
were frequent mentions in the media of 
another Republican who once represented 
Massachusetts in the Senate: Edward 
Brooke. Senator Brooke, who celebrated his 
90th birthday last fall, was the keynote 
speaker at the Gold Key Society banquet in 
1971, during which the officers from our 
class were installed: Adolph Iannaccone 
as president, Patrick Stoute and John Zelem 
as vice presidents, Richard Page as treasurer, 
and your correspondent as secretary. Since 
graduation, Adolph has had a career working 
in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Buffalo, and 
Patrick has been a social worker in Oakland. 
John is a surgeon in Connecticut, and Richard 
is a teacher in New Hampshire. • Another 
reminder was the U.S. ice hockey team's 
silver medal performance at the Winter 
Olympics. Tom Mellor '73, originally a member 
of our class, was a member of that team and 
also of the U.S. hockey team that won a silver 
medal at the 1972 Sapporo games in Japan. 
Later, he returned to play for the Eagles and 
went on to play in the NHL. Tom is now pres- 
ident of Windham Capital Group in Boston. 
• Returning to the subject of Massachusetts 
politics, the only member of our class with 
his own page on is William 
Galvin, who has served as secretary of state 
since 1994. Previously, he represented the 
Allston-Brighton district in the state 
legislature. He lives in Brighton with his 
wife and daughter. • I made the first of 
my happy 60th birthday calls to Bob Paige, 
who's a manager in the state of New 
Jersey agency that provides services to 
the disabled. Bob lives in Medford with 
his wife, Sue, and their two teenagers; his 
90-year-old father lives nearby. • My next 
happy birthday call went to Gene McLaugh- 
lin, who observed several milestones last 
year: his 30th year as assistant town attorney 
in Greenwich, CT; the marriage of his son 
Owen; and the 95th birthday of his father. 
Gene and Allyson live in Fairfield with 
their two younger children, and Owen 
attends Clemson University. Gene had a 
recent visit with New York Supreme Court 
Justice Bill Giacomo. 

NC 1972 

Correspondent: Nancy Brouillard McKenzie 
7 526 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 

Please keep in our prayers Honore O'Brien 
Cagney, mother of Mary Ellen Cagney, who 

passed away in January. • Christmas brought 
"green" news from Maureen Kelly about life 
outside Los Angeles and, of course, on the 
beach. As usual, Maureen and Penny Price 
Nachtman met in October and had a Newton 
tea on the beach. After the visit, Penny 
requested a copy of our SWC list. Stay tuned 
for news about Maureen and Penny's newly 
formed SWC reading group. • Vance Bonner 
was featured in the December 3, 2009, issue 
of the Bend Bulletin. Vance developed a 
method of fitness training that aims to correct 
posture "to eliminate imbalances that stress 
the body, resulting in tightness and pain." 
After many years teaching other trainers and 
students, including professional athletes and 
entertainers, in Sun Valley and Malibu, Vance 
moved to Bend, OR. Her book, The Vance 
Stance (Workman Publishing, 1993) describes 
the program, which she continues to teach from 
a studio in her home in Bend. You may get in 
touch with Vance at 
• Before snow hits Washington DC again, please 
send me news. • Finally, thanks to my sister 
Joan NC'73, here is the link to an article about 
our beloved RSCJs at Teresian House in Albany: 
oryID=886842. The pictures return us to our 
days on the Newton Campus. Thanks, Joan. 

J 973 

Correspondent: Patricia DiPillo 
ig Hartlawn Road 
Boston, MA 02132 

All the Eagles must have hibernated for the 
winter months. If you have a newsworthy 
item, Or know of a classmate who does, please 
send a note to me at the address above. Thanks. 

NC I973 

Correspondent: Joan B. Brouillard 

PO Box 120J 

Glen, NH 03838; 603-383-4003 

My sincere condolences to Sue Iovieno-Sunar. 
whose husband died in January. Erdogan was 
born in Turkey and was proud of his military 
service in the Turkish Air Forces with NATO. 
He retired from Polaroid in 1995 and died at 
home in Sue's arms. • Mary (Doherty) Ellroy, 
MBA'78, has a new game on the market. Pickles 
to Penguins; keep an eye out for it! • I heard 
from Lynn Terry Tacher, MEd'75, whose 
daughter is working for the Department of 
Justice and owns a home in Woodbridge, VA. 
We've had quite the correspondence about 
snow. For some reason, DC was inundated 
with the snow that rightfully belongs to the 
White Mountains of New Hampshire! We had 
barely any this year. • Ann Reed is the beaming 


grandmother of twins born to her daughter 
and son-in-law, Eileen and Dave Feder. Tom 
and Maggie were born at 3-plus pounds each 
and rapidly gained weight before being sent 
home. Remarkable. Ann and David's son Matt 
is a busy eighth-grader. He skateboards and 
skis. Ann retired from AIG and is delighted 
she can spend time with her grandchildren. 
• Pat Saling is well in Chapel Hill, NC. She has 
lived in the same house since the early 1980s 
and has been married to Keith since the 
1970s. In 2003 she was diagnosed with 
rheumatoid arthritis, so she retired from her 
clinical research position at Duke. Keith and 
daughter Claire gifted pottery lessons to Pat, 
which begat a new career in pottery; she 
displays her work at a few local galleries 
and is preparing to launch a Web site, • Lawrence '75, MA78, 
PhD'87, and Judy McCarthy Kennedy now live 
in Scranton, PA, where Lawrence is a history 
professor at the University of Scranton. Judy 
earned her MA in English from the University 
of Scranton and taught college writing. She 
retired last year and is now a busy volunteer. 
Son Patrick '99 is a senior editor/writer in 
alumni marketing and communications at 
BU, and Paul '02 is a lawyer at Cornell & Gol- 
lub. • I missed connecting with Jude Chimenti 
here in the mountains; she was working and 
skiing at Attitash, where she has a home, 
while I was inundated with appointments. 
More on Jude next time. • Thanks for the updates 
and remember, I am fallible, so if I commit a 
sin of omission, it is just that, and it will be 
rectified! Promise. • Have a great summer! 


Correspondent: Patricia McNabb Evans 

35 Stratton Lane 
Foxborough, MA 02035 

Hi, everyone! I hope that 2010 has been 
a good year for you and your family so far! 
• This is shaping up to be a great year for Jim 
and me and our family: we will have our first 
wedding in October, when our eldest son 
marries a wonderful young woman, and we 
will have our final, and fourth, college gradua- 
tion when our youngest graduates in May! 
Whew! Please send me some news of what's 
happening with you this year. • Congratulations 

go to James Hanrahan, JD'77, who was named 
managing partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, 
in January, assuming responsibility for setting 
the firm's strategic direction and guiding its 
continued growth. Among his many other 
professional responsibilities, Jim, a Framing- 
ham resident, is a director, and serves on the 
Executive Committee, of the South Middlesex 
Opportunity Council, and he is president and 
chair of the Corporation for Sponsored Min- 
istries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. 
• I received a nice note from Carla DeStefano 
Godfrey about a great get-together she and sev- 
eral other classmates and friends had in the 
fall in Rhode Island. Joining Carla, who lives 
in Barrington, were her roommates from 
South Street: Sharon Kuna Twedell from St. 
Louis, Laurie Day Fitzpatrick from Chicago, 
and Joedi Malone Cahill from Suffield, CT 
Parti Colella Armstrong '75 met up with them, 
too. Thanks, Carla! • I would like to extend the 
class's sympathies to the families and friends 
of Marilyn A. Barba of Mirror Lake, NH, and 
Joseph A. McNally of Mililani, HI. Both class- 
mates passed away in 2009. • Take care, and 
please be in touch. 

NC I974 

Correspondent: Beth Docktor Nolan 

693 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 02493 

Maureen O'Halloran, RSCJ, JD'90, recently 
concluded a seven-year term as provincial 
treasurer and CFO of the Society of the Sacred 
Heart, U.S. Province at the society's national 
headquarters in St. Louis. 


Correspondent: Hellas M. Assad 

149 Lincoln Street 

Norwood, MA 02062: 781-769-9542 

Hello, everyone! • As we head into the reunion 
homestretch, our class, as of February 26, has 
280 donors, which is about 15.5 percent of the 
class. Our goal is 695 donors. We are hoping 
that everyone in the class will consider making 
a gift of any size by May 31. Giving is easy. 


Give a legacy gift — and write the next 
chapter in the Boston College story. Join 
fellow alumni who will make a legacy gift 
during the light the World campaign. 
Your support will secure the BC experience 
for a future generation of students and will 
create lasting opportunities at the Heights. 

Learn more at ; 

Please visit • Classmate 
Kevin Short has released a CD of Irish songs 
titled Cotter's Tunes, which is available through as either a CD or a 
download. All profits from the sale of Cotter's 
Tunes will go to fund the college education of 
the three children of Kevin's law-school classmate 
John Cotter of Buffalo, NY, who died from a 
sudden heart attack in late 2008. • In fall 
2009, Gerard Lorusso was elected chairman 
of Norwood Hospital's board of trustees. Ger- 
ard, who holds a law degree from New Eng- 
land School of Law, is president and CEO of 
Lorusso Corporation in Plainville. The company 
manufactures construction materials and is the 
principal partner of Edgewood Development 
Company, which develops real estate. In 
addition, he serves on the board of the Hocko- 
mock YMCA and has been a trustee of Xaverian 
Brothers High School, his alma mater. Gerard 
and his wife, Leslie, have five children and live 
in Wrentham. • Mary Suzanne Devine Conway, 
MSW77, PhD'08, is a new member of the 
Council for Women of Boston College. In 
March, Suzy participated as a host in the Take 
a Student to Work program, a council-spon- 
sored program in which a council member 
hosts a group of students at her place of 
business. • Classmates have enjoyed getting 
together for prereunion events, including the 
BC-Clemson basketball game watch at Alumni 
House and the BC-BU SunHfe Frozen Fenway 
hockey game held at Fenway Park. Among the 
revelers were Laurie Nichols Cochran, Vinny 
Quealy, Kathie McCarthy, Nancy O'Connor 
McCleary, Scottie Reid, Fran Rush, Candy Kel- 
ley-McLaughlin '76, Sally Hanke Lynch, Sheila 
Harrington, Steve Turner, Mark Riley, and Peter 
McNamara '76. My apologies to anyone I 
missed at the jam-packed Boylston St. pre- and 
post-game party! • Congratulations to Mary E. 
Kane, who was recently promoted to head of 
structured products research at Citi Global 
Markets. For the past six years, Mary has 
ranked first or second in Institutional Investofs 
All-America Fixed Income Research poll for 
consumer ABS. • On a somber note, William 
L. Ruane Jr. of Belmont passed away on 
November 5, 2009. Bill graduated from Bel- 
mont High, where he excelled in football and 
baseball and was inducted into the school's Hall 
of Fame. He received an athletic scholarship 
from BC, played on the baseball team, and was 
named MVP of the Greater Boston Baseball 
League. For over 20 years, Bill was the chief 
deputy clerk at the John J. Moakley Court- 
house in Boston. Our sincere condolences to 
his wife, Kathleen, and his children, Allison, 
Mathew, and Kristen. • Take care and I hope to 
see you at Reunion Weekend, June 4-6. 

NC I975 

Correspondent: Mary Stevens McDermott 

56 Deer Meadow Lane 

Chatham, MA 02633; 508-945-2477 


Correspondent: Gerald B. Shea 

25 Elmore Street 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 


In November 2009. Barbara Prazak was 
named medical director of Outer Cape 
Health Services in Provincetown, after 
having served as acting medical director 
since June. Barbara and her husband, 
Richard Goldberg, who is a builder, live in 
Wellfleet. They have two teenagers: Dan (19), 
a student at Massachusetts College of Liberal 
Arts in North Adams, and Charlotte (16), a 
sophomore at Nauset. • Last fall, Kathy Regan 
received the annual Award for Innovation 
from the American Psychiatric Nurses 
Association. Kathy was recognized for "her 
leadership, direction, vision, and partnership 
with her staff to better care for children with 
serious mental illness and to have had the 
opportunity to share that vision and success 
with others." Kathy is a nurse manager at 
Cambridge Health Alliance and the author of 
Opening Our Arms (Bull Publishing, 2006), a 
book documenting the changes undergone 
and challenges faced in the alliance's Child 
Assessment Unit. 


Correspondent: Nicholas Kydes 

8 Newtown Teira.ce 

Nonvalk, CT 06851; 203-829-9122 

Nicholas D. Kydes was elected, for a third term, 
to the Common Council for the City of Norwalk, 
CT. He serves as chairman of the city's Finance 
Committee. Nick joined the Royal Bank of 
Scotland in 2009 as VP of information technol- 
ogy sourcing and vendor management, and he 
has been spearheading strategies that have 
reduced the bank's operating costs. Nick and 
his wife. Carol, will be celebrating their 25th 
wedding anniversary on May 25. They are proud 
to announce that their daughter Olympia will 
be graduating from Fordham University on 
May 22, with a BA in international political 
economy and a minor in classical civilizations. 
Olympia has also been inducted into the inter- 
national honor society for economics, Omicron 
Delta Epsilon. • Shawn (Zehnder) Larsen, 
MEd'8o, writes that she and her Class of 1977 
roommates and "buddies for life," Jackie (Locke) 
Mills and Mary (Dwyer) Fallon, shared a girls 
getaway weekend with her in Florida. What hap- 
pens in Florida stays in Florida? Shawn's son 
Connor, a BC junior, shares a love of travel: he is 
spending a semester in Argentina (giving his 
parents a wonderful reason to visit) and spring 
break in Belgium with other BC friends. 
She adds, "Friends and travel, wonderful family 
traditions!"* Our hearts and prayers are with the 
family of our classmate Joseph F. Pascale of 
Newport Beach, CA, who passed away on 
November 23, 2009. God rest his soul, and 
Mother Mary embrace and comfort him in 
heaven, now and forever. • Please drop me a 
line and let your classmates know what you 
are up to! • May all good things find the path to 
your door. 


Correspondent: Julie Butler Evans 

7 Wellesley Drive 

New Canaan, CT 06840; 203-966-8580 

Greetings, classmates! I actually found a 
few notes from you in my in-box recently. 
Thanks! • First up is Terry Crimmins, 
MAT'05, who returned to the Heights to 
get an MA degree in teaching. He has since 
been teaching history in the Baltimore 
Public Schools. Even more exciting is that 
Triboro Pictures has given him an option 
agreement on a screenplay, a bio-pic about 
the life of Joseph Pulitzer! Congrats, Terry! 
He also gives a shout-out to the members 
of Brown House (15 South St.) and hopes 
that they make our next reunion in 2013. 
• Another literary success is our own Evan 
Marshall, whose ninth mystery novel, Dark 
Alley, was just published by Severn House. 
Evan, a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, 
is also a literary agent, working and 
living in Pine Brook, NJ, with his wife, 
Martha Jewett, and two sons in their early 
20s. • And speaking of sons, classmates 
John and Jane Bogel Spatola's son, John 10, 
was recently elected senior captain of the 
Boston College baseball team. Last year, in 
BC's first appearance in the NCAA 
tournament since 1967, John hit a go-ahead 
three-run homer in the ninth inning to 
lead the Eagles to an 8-7 win over Texas 
State. He was also named to the NCAA 
Austin Regional All-Tournament team. Jane 
and John were looking forward to traveling 
with the team this spring. • Congratulations 
and bravo to all four classmates! • I need to 
end on a somber note, in paying tribute to 
the life of Mark S. Christian of Bellingham, 
WA, who died on New Year's Day. 


Correspondent: Stacey O'Rourke 

1445 Commonwealth Avenue 
West Newton, MA 02465 

Candy O'Connell, wife of John O'Connell, 
reports that their daughter Meghan '10 
and Katie Browne '10, daughter of the late 
Marcia Ridley Browne, both studied at Uni- 
versity County Cork in Ireland during spring 
semester last year. Although they did not 
know each other before arriving in Cork, they 
quickly discovered that their parents were in 
the same class at BC. The pair became 
friends and traveled Europe together over 
the long April break before final exams. It is 
a small world, and the children of BC grads 
live wonderful lives! • In January 2010, 
Bob Martin was selected by governor-elect 
Chris Christie to lead New Jersey's Depart- 
ment of Environmental Protection. Bob was 
Christie's energy and environmental advisor 
during the gubernatorial campaign, after 
retiring as a partner with Accenture. Bob 
holds a degree in economics and sociology 
from Boston College and an MBA from 
George Washington University. • Karen 
Jennings Flynn is a new member of the 
Council for Women of Boston College. 
Also, in February, Candace O'Terry Gaffny 
cochaired the Eagle-to-Eagle program, a 
council-sponsored program directed to 
female student athletes and focusing on 
leadership skills and career advice. Candy 
O'Terry is a singer, public speaker, and on-air 
personality at Magic 106.7 WMJX in Boston. 

She is president of American Women in 
Radio & Television, New England, and a board 
member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters 
Hall of Fame. She is also the radio spokesper- 
son for Making Strides Against Breast 
Cancer. • Once again, I renew my plea for 
submissions. Please stay in touch! 


Correspondent: Michele Nadeem 

Sunrise Harbor 

1040 Seminole Drive, Unit 1151 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

It's almost Reunion Weekend! We are on 
target to have the best 30th reunion in BC's 
history, but to reach this goal, we need you! Did 
you know that attending our class reunion is a 
terrific way to help stimulate the economy? Or 
at least assuage the bad economy blues? 
• Never at a loss at finding reasons to gather 
and celebrate, a group of women, who began 
their friendship in Duchesne West, traveled to 
Manhattan to hear the landmark speech of 
floormate Jane "Mary Jane" (Kelley) Rodeheffer. 
Mary Jane, noted for her work in philosophy, 
world studies, and Great Books, spoke at the 
inauguration of the new president of Manhat- 
tan College. Attending were Betsy (Liddel) 
Glazer, Moya (Segerson) Joosten '81 (proud 
parent of three boys currently attending, or 
recently graduated from, BC), Catherine 
(Gordon) Einhaus, Allyson Burke, Jeanne Tingo, 
Jane (Zimmermann) Slater, and Eileen 
(Costello) Marx. You can bet this group is 
looking forward to our 30th! • Barbara Van Loo 
Flodberg enjoys living in the suburbs of 
Denver, complete with its skiing and outdoor 
life. Her daughter is in eighth grade, and her 
son is a freshman at Colorado University 
Engineering School. "I'm looking forward to 
our reunion. I'm always glad to regroup with 
my BC buddies — some of the best years of my 
life," Barbara said. • Kathleen Ryan Noonan of 
New York exemplifies Eagle strength at its 
best. Her accomplishments thus far: being a 
special education teacher and a mother of two 
sons, earning a master's at Rutgers University, 
receiving a heart and double lung transplant, 
and retiring from teaching. "I can't wait to 
attend our reunion. Hard to believe it's been 
30 years since we all worked and played so 
hard at BC," Kathy said. • James O'Keefe. 
PhD'92, teaches math at Lesley University, 
where he's been a professor for 18 years. He 
lives in Lexington with his wife, Heather, and 
three boys: One is a senior at Bates College, 
another is a freshman at Bentley, and the 
youngest is a sophomore at Lexington 
High. All are basketball players, described as 
"hoops' triple threat," by the Boston Globe. 
"I'm looking forward to the reunion," Jim 
said. • Katherine "Katie" Schmitt Root lives in 
Rochester, NY, with Don, her husband of 
30 years. Daughter Katherine is a neonatal 
ICU nurse, and Meredith is a student at 
SUNY-Brockport and a part-time paralegal. 
Katie, a senior industrial hygienist, has been 
with Eastman Kodak for almost 28 years. "I 
haven't seen some of my BC friends since our 
wedding. Just might make it to this reunion," 
Katie said. • Michael R.T. Murphy continues to 
enjoy his work as a special educator and 


licensed clinical social worker in Portland, OR. 
He and his wife, Julia Hagan, recently cele- 
brated their 25th anniversary. They will miss 
the reunion to attend their oldest daughter's 
college graduation. • Anne Terese Colao is a 
second-grade teacher in the Great Neck (NY) 
Public Schools. Her 15-year-old daughter was a 
baby the last time Anne Terese attended a 
reunion. "I've lost touch with some classmates 
because of moves and changes we've all made, 
but hope to catch up with them during 
Reunion Weekend," she said. • Kathy (Noble) 
Arthur is a nursing supervisor at the Ameri- 
can Red Cross. Her husband co-owns Chasm 
Technologies in Canton. They have four sons, 
ages 18-26, with three attending college. "I'm 
looking forward to the reunion," Kathy said. 
• Frank Hone and his wife, Chris, recently 
relocated to Naples, FL, from New York 
because of Frank's new job as director of 
sustainable engagement at Health ways. This 
follows many years in health-care advertising, 
most recently with Ogilvy Healthworld and a 
short period with Healthcentric Partners. His 
book, Why Healthcare Matters: How Business 
Leaders Can Drive Transformational Change, 
was published in 2008 by HRD Press. • Let's 
set BC records with the greatest reunion 
turnout. See you in June on the Heights! 


Correspondent: Alison Mitchell McKee 

1128 Brandon Road 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451; 757-428-0861 

Bob Kelly recently relocated from Southern 
California to Denver and joined New World 
Van Lines as director of sales. Now in his 29th 
year of service with the Marine Corps Reserve, 
Bob is a colonel and is in charge of a liaison 
detachment. Bob's son Robert (19) is a fresh- 
man at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, 
NH, where he was recruited for baseball, and 
son Michael (14) is in eighth grade and is quite 
the golfer. Bob's wife, Shawn, owns an inte- 
rior design company, i«studio interior design, 
and specializes in veterinary hospitals. • Con- 
gratulations to Paula McDonald Kavolius, 
founder and president of the Yawkey House of 
Possibilities (HOPe), a respite home for spe- 
cial-needs children on the campus of Stone- 
hill College in Easton. Paula's vision and 
determination ensured that HOPe was built 
on budget and on time, welcoming its fjrst 
clients following a mid-July grand opening. 
On hand for the opening ceremony were 
classmates Maura Casey O'Brien, Rob Reilly, 
and Kerry Nee-Clasby. As you can imagine, 
there is no place like HOPe! Check out Paula's 
Web site: 
• Barbara Coughlan Walsh, JD'84,was elected 
president of the Fairfield County Bar Associa- 
tion. Barbara, a partner of the Norwalk-based 
law firm of Tierney, Zullo, Flaherty & Murphy 
PC, is a trial attorney whose practice focuses 
on civil litigation, including medical malpractice 
defense, labor and employment law, and land 
use appeals. She is a member of the executive 
board of the planning and zoning section 
of the Connecticut Bar Association and had 
served as cochair of the Fairfield County Bar 
Association's Land Use Committee for many 
years. She lives in Ridgefield, CT, with her 

husband, Joe, and their three boys. • M. J. 
Moltenbrey, JD'84, is a litigation partner in 
the Washington DC office of Howrey LLP. She 
was formerly a partner at Freshfields Bruck- 
haus Deringer LLP in DC. • Nancy O'Donnell, 
JD'85, participated as a host in the Council of 
Women for Boston College's Take a Student 
to Work program at Rackemann, Sawyer & 
Brewster in Boston in February. • Kimberle 
Chapin-Robertson was selected to serve as 
chair of the American Board of Medical Micro- 
biology. Kimberle is director of the Microbiology 
Laboratory, Lifespan Academic Medical Center, 
and associate professor of pathology and 
laboratory medicine at Brown University's 
Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence. 
• I regret to report that our classmate Maryellen 
Courtney Zapata of Quincy passed away on 
November 11, 2009. Our sincerest condo- 
lences to Maryellen's family and friends. 


Correspondent: Mary O'Brien 

14 Myrtlebank Avenue 
Dorchester, MA 02124-5304 

Gene Roman wrote from London, where he 
and reporter colleagues are collecting footage 
for a documentary. They'll be traveling 
through Ireland, Spain, Prague, Sweden, and 
Italy. Before leaving the United States, Gene 
attended a party at Boston College High 
School celebrating the publication of the 
memoirs of Coach Jim Cotter '59. Coach 
Cotter is Grace Cotter's dad. He taught and 
coached the football team at BC High for 20 
years. Gene highly recommends his book. 
The following link provides information on 
the memoirs: Gene 
was thrilled to see Grace and her family as well 
as his old friend Dan Leahy, MEd'91. Gene 
was amused when Dan inquired, "Where have 
you been? Hiding in the Witness Protection 
Program?" Last summer, Gene spent a day in 
New Hampshire with Fran Cipriano Newton. 
He also visited his old roommate Jay Leach 
and his family. Gene had a great visit with 
George Winchester, SJ, at Loyola House in 
Boston. • Brian Cummins is working again as 
a civilian with defense firm Northrop 
Grumman in northern Virginia. Last Septem- 
ber, Brian sent three of his children off to 
college, one to BC and two to Emmanuel. His 
wife, Patty '81, MA'83, continues to teach 
Spanish at a parochial school while keeping 
the family organized — a full-time job in and of 
itself. • Brenda Rastallis Tobin wrote about 
a double graduation year for her children. 
Her oldest son, Kyle (22), graduated from 
Wentworth Institute with a degree in architec- 
ture. He was accepted into the fifth-year 
master's program, so he will stay in Boston for 
one more year. Her middle son, Brett (18), 
graduated from high school and is now study- 
ing business at the Isenberg School of 
Management at UMass Amherst, where he 
was recruited for the lacrosse team. Daughter 
Amber (15) is a sophomore in high school. 
Brenda is unemployed at the moment and 
loving it. Her husband is a regional sales 
manager on the East Coast for PING golf. 
PING is based in Phoenix, so he travels there 
once a month. The family traveled to Rhode 

Island and to Southern California last summer 
and enjoyed it. • Last fall, Cindi Bigelow made 
a video with BC students about tea. Visit .com/watch?v=rmyisHOGr-k and 
click on videos to view. • Mary Ellen Amsler 
Jay has joined the Council for Women of 
Boston College. • Condolences to the family of 
Maureen A. Muckian of Lynn, who passed 
away on January 6. 


Correspondent: Cynthia J. Bocko 

71 Hood Road 

Tewksbury, MA 01876; 978-851-6119 

Susie Norris-Epstein, artisan chocolatier, 
pastry chef/instructor, and TV producer, 
is now also a cookbook author: her first book, 
Chocolate Bliss: Sensuous Recipes, Spa Treat- 
ments, and Other Divine Indulgences, was 
published by Random House/Celestial Arts in 
October 2009. Susie's chocolate business, 
Happy Chocolates, was featured on the Food 
Network and in More magazine. Susie has 
been an associate chef/instructor at the 
California School of Culinary Arts; earlier, 
she was VP, series television, for the Disney 
Channel and held similar positions at other 
networks. She now produces television 
programming with her husband, TV writer 
Jacob Epstein, and writes for Zester Daily 
( — and her next book is 
about vanilla! Susie divides her time between 
the Berkshires and Los Angeles. Read more at 


Correspondent: Carol A. McConnell 

PO Box 628 

Belmar, NJ 07719 

Greetings to all! Here's the news. • J. P. Hansen, 

president of Hansen Executive Search, Inc., 
has written two books: The Bliss List Journal 
and The Bliss List: The Ultimate Guide to 
Living the Dream at Work and Beyond!, an 
inspirational self-help book. J.P.'s stated goal 
is to help over 100,000 people. He is 
promoting the books with a media blitz and 
book signings. His Web site is www.YourBliss Books purchased by alumni through 
his website will be autographed. • For the 
past seven years, Gary Presto has been an 
academic associate to the dean, Arts and 
Sciences division, at Bunker Hill Community 
College in Boston. He has also been working 
for more than 10 years as a freelance Italian 
into English translator and editor of printed 
materials and Web content for various 
clients and organizations. Last September, 
Gary began a master's program in gerontol- 
ogy with a management of aging services 
track at UMass-Boston. • At the University 
of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Richard 
Stefanacci leads the Center for Medicare 
Medication Management, which is focused 
on improving pharmaceutical treatments 
for older adults. In this capacity, Richard 
was invited to present at the U.S. -Japan 
Generic Drug symposium at the U.S. Embassy 


in Tokyo. His talk was on the policies 
and practices that have allowed the United 
States to achieve high generic utilization. 
The trip was especially enjoyable because 
Richard's youngest son, Christopher, 
accompanied him. • Anna Bamonte Torrance 
was appointed to serve on the board of 
directors of SharpVisions, Inc. Anna is an 
attorney practicing health-care law. After 
BC. she earned her law degree from the 
Pittsburgh School of Law in 1987. • Don 
Halloran is president of Southern Folger 
Detention Equipment Company in San Anto- 
nio. Don's company manufactures, services, 
and installs detention equipment for prisons, 
jails, and detention facilities worldwide. The 
company recently completed a three-year 
project of rebuilding locking devices at 
Alcatraz for the National Park Services. To 
read more, go to www.nps .gov and type in 
Don's name. • Joseph H. Baldiga, JD'87, was 
selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best 
Lawyers in America for 2010 in the field of 
bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. 
Joe is a partner at Mirick O'Connell and 
chairs the firm's creditors' rights, bank- 
ruptcy, and reorganization group. • Please 
keep the news coming! 

Phil Schiller '82 


Correspondent: Barbara Ward Wilson 
35 Meadowhill Drive 
Tiburon, CA 94920 

Wow, our 25th reunion! I hope many of our 
classmates will be able to attend Reunion 
Weekend on June 4-6. • Sharon Bessette 
Bradley, Cathy Eagan Johnston, JulieAnn 
Kulas Waclawski, Kathy Moody Cornell, and 
some of their family members had a long 
overdue get-together at the BC-Wake Forest 
football game on September 26, 2009. They 
had a lot to catch up on and had a great time 
chatting and watching a fabulous game. 
• Jeanne d'Oliveira Buckley, Terry Sibilia Kais, 
and Barbara Nassaney Joseph were able to 
sneak away for a fun girls weekend in January. 
Terry, now a seven-year breast cancer survivor, 
is living in Fairfield, CT, with husband Joe; 
girls Natalie (13) and Grace (10); and their dog, 
Bailey. After 25 years, she has finally decided 
to go back to school in the health-care field. 
Jeanne is living in Wakefield with husband Joe 
and two kids, Lily (11) and Peter (9). After 
spending two years teaching in Oman with 
her family, she is back in the States teaching 
pre-school students in Melrose. Barbara is 
living in Newton Centre with husband 
Andrew; girls, Westly (11) and Victoria (9); and 
their dog, Lucky. After spending over 20 years 
in the software localization industry, she 
is looking for her next interesting career. 
Barbara is currently tutoring math, while her 
husband is starting a new company, TenMarks 
Education. When they're not in Newton, you 
can find them at their second house in 
Vermont, skiing at Mt. Snow. • Jim Dunford is 
a series manager for American Experience, 
PBS's longest-running,most-watched history 
series. Two of his kids are in college: son 
James is at Loyola and daughter Kara is 
at George Washington. • Kathleen Concheri 
Ciaramello was promoted to VP, East Region 



As Apple's senior vice president 
for worldwide product market- 
ing, Phil Schiller '82 knows how 
technology can inspire people, which 
was the case for him at Boston College. 

A native of Newton, Massa- 
chusetts, Schiller entered the Heights 
with a passion for marine biology, but 
he found new inspiration in BC's core 
curriculum and electives, discovering 
what would become an enduring inter- 
est in computer science. 

"In the computer programming 
class I took at BC, we started out work- 
ing with punch cards and eventually 
moved on to line printers," says 
Schiller. "We were introduced to the 
basics of programming in C, Pascal, 
Assembly, and Machine code. It gave 
me the confidence to be flexible and 
adapt quickly to emerging technologies 
in my own career. " 

After positions as a systems analyst and information technology manager, Schiller 
joined Apple in 1987 and transitioned into marketing roles. He says it was an on-the- 
job learning experience, but what made it easier — and continues to keep marketing 
exciting — are the products themselves, whether it is Apple's now ubiquitous iPod or 
the newly introduced iPad. 

"In many ways, Boston College and Apple are similar," says Schiller. "Both sit at the 
intersection of technology and liberal arts, creating an environment where people are 
encouraged to learn, grow, and innovate." 

Below, Schiller discusses more about his work and his alma mater: 

Phil Schiller credits Boston College for much of 
his success at Apple. 


Attending the 2008 Frozen Four in Denver 
with my family and watching men's hockey 
win a national championship. The best 
moment of that weekend was the service 
that was held for the players and their 
families the morning before the final. It 
was a remarkable experience to be with a 
team at that moment, when athletics, edu- 
cation, and spirituality all came together. 


I enjoyed a number of places: studying in 
Bapst Library, partying when bands came 
to play in the basement of Lyons, learning 
computer programming in Gasson, creating 
art in the studio on Newton Campus, and 
cheering at basketball games in the old 
Roberts Center. 


My first job out of school was as a lab 
technician at the Howard Hughes Medical 
Institute, colocated in Massachusetts 
General Hospital. After that, I moved 
into Mass. General to work as a program- 
mer/analyst. That was a great job — it 
provided me with the freedom to program 
interesting SAS analyses on large patient 
datasets on the hospital's mainframe and 
to maintain outpatient databases on a 
VAX minicomputer. 


My favorites were the great electives. I 
took fascinating classes such as "Physical 
Oceanography," "Exploration Geophysics," 
and "Advanced Computer Programming." 
Not only did I enjoy these classes, but they 
also helped me to develop an ability to learn 
new fields of study quickly, which has been 
a tremendous asset throughout my career. 



Foodservice and On-Premise division, of 
Coca-Cola North America. • Mai and Jean 
(Gerondeau) Duffy live in Medfield. Jean 
works as a reading specialist in a Medfield 
elementary school. • Congratulations to all 
of us on making it to our 25th reunion year! 
We have all had many experiences as BC 
grads, but I do hope each and every one of 
us still remembers many of the great BC 
experiences we had in 1981 through 1985! 
Happy 25th reunion year! 


Correspondent: Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
130 Adirondack Drive 
East Greenwich, RI 02818 

Paul Harrington just published his first novel! 
Called Epiphany, it's an adventure novel about 
the journey of the Magi. It's available on and on Kindle! Pass the word! 
Paul is working as a creative director at an ad 
agency in Saratoga Springs, NY, where he 
resides with his wife, Denise, and two sons, 
Paul III and Will. Paul was able to report the 
following: He has been in touch with Kevin 
Kenny, aka Stretch, who is doing well and is 

and CEO of TrinityOne, a four-year-old sports 
marketing firm in Boston. In addition, for the 
past three years Lou has been teaching a 
sports marketing class one night a week to 
seniors and grad students at BC's Carroll 
School of Management. He and wife Patricia 
have two children, Victoria (n) and Antonio 
(9). • I also heard from Stacey Kardamis Kerk- 
hoff, who lives in her hometown of Taunton. 
She is an active volunteer in the public school 
system and is a product analyst at Jordan's 
Furniture (after 15 years as an at-home mom). 
Stacey and her husband of 21 years, Hal, have 
two children, Kelsey (16) and Kyle (18). She 
also writes that Jeanne Donovan Porter, 
JD'90, is busy raising her four children — 
Channing, Grace, Audrey, and Justin — in the 
suburbs of New York City with her husband, 
Darin. • Brenda McLaughlin Bynarowicz lives 
in Hingham with husband Michael and their 
two children, Michael Jr. (15) and Katherine 
(10). She is enjoying her role as a global 
marketing director for Procter & Gamble. 
• Maura Charlton Sweetnam lives in Marble- 
head with husband Paul and their two children, 
Patrick and Keira. Maura, who works for Pfizer 
Regenerative Medicine, was recognized 
for innovation and leadership in establishing 
molecular screening in human stem cells. 
Maura developed several novel experimental 

Paul Harrington '86, creative director of an ad agency 
in Saratoga Springs, New York, just published his first 
novel! Called Epiphany, it's an adventure novel about 
the journey of the Magi. 

living with his family in Baltimore. Chris 
Taylor is an independent businessman in 
Doylestown, PA. Frank Mitchell, an e-mail 
archiving expert, has been interviewed on 
Boston TV, providing expertise on missing 
e-mails in Boston. Mark Dacey is an eye 
surgeon living in Weston with his wife, Patty, 
and their kids. John Whelan is still an attorney 
for the State of Massachusetts, still rooting for 
Alabama, and still living in Natick with his 
family. Bobby Daley has taken a new consulting 
position with the Bostonian Group, and he and 
his wife, Kim, run their boys back and forth 
from hockey practice in their downtime. Tim 
Genirs is living in New Jersey and working on 
Wall Street at Barclays. Michael Donegan 
owns his own consulting company and lives in 
Wallingford, CT, with his wife and three kids. 
Pete Posk and his wife and two teenage kids 
are living in sunny Delray Beach, FL. Jim 
Davey and his family just relocated back to 
Massachusetts, and he's taken a position with 
Timberland in New Hampshire. Thanks for 
the update, Paul, and good luck with Epiphany] 


Correspondent: Catherine Stanton Schiff 

8g4 Liberty Street 
Braintree, MA 02184 

Hi. I hope you are all well. • I recently saw 
Lou Imbriano, who is the founder, president, 

procedures that enabled the team to screen 
human pancreatic progenitor cells with pro- 
prietary libraries. • Kathy Flood e-mailed that 
she married Martin Moore in May 2008 in 
Boston. Classmates in attendance were Beth 
Sullivan Flanagan, Nancy Woodhouse Sommer 
JD'90, and Karen Power McNamara MA'95. 
Kathy now resides with her husband in 
Brisbane, Australia, and would love to hear 
from classmates who are visiting Australia 
( • Solaris (Kimberly) 
Walsh e-maiied that she left her position as 
head of the analytical support department 
in FedEx's Latin America and Caribbean 
Division. Since then, she has been studying 
and working as an inner wisdom coach. She 
received certification as a transformational 
trainer and as an effectiveness coach with a 
specialty in ontological coaching and spiritual 
transformations, changing her name to 
Solaris and moving to Sedona, AZ, in the 
process. She can be reached on Facebook or 
Linkedln. • Thanks to all who e-mailed! 


Correspondent: Rob Murray 

421 Callingwood Street 
San Francisco, CA ^4114 

Stacey Crowell Maiden was named of counsel 
to the law firm of Fein, Such, Kahn & Shepard 
PC in New Jersey, where she practices elder 

law and estates and trust law. She lives in 
Ocean with her husband, Michael, and two 
daughters. Stacey adds that Michael Frank 
founded M2 Media Group in 2004, and the 
company was named on the Inc. 500 list as 
one of "America's most dynamic companies." 
Statewide in Connecticut, M2 Media Group 
ranked fifth overall and first in its industry. 
Michael and wife Kris live with their two 
children in New Canaan, CT • Keith Slattery is 
a senior VP of mutual fund administration for 
State Street Corporation. He and wife Mary live 
in Groton, MA, with their two girls, Caroline 
and Victoria. In October, Keith met up with 
several classmates, including many former 
roommates from "the Cave," at the BC-ND 
game in South Bend for a reunion inspired by 
the passing of our friend and classmate Rob 
Scafura in 2008. The group included Dan 
Wassel, Dick Doyle, Bill Frain, Brian Dooling, 
Pat Breslin, Paul Deters, Steve Sayers, John 
Clifford, Mike Shannon, Eric Tveit, and 
adopted BC alum Steve Nock. Despite a loss 
on the field, it was a great weekend of fun and 
remembrance. • Kim Webster sent an update 
about Lisa Leingang's wedding, which was 
attended by several '88ers, including Tom 
McCarthy and Kevin Kappock, and '89ers 
David Boland, Christopher Downing, and 
Wayne Wilderson. Kim was also recently in LA 
and got together with Rick Pasqualone, who is 
married and has one son, Anthony (3). Rick is 
"making it" as a successful actor there. Kim 
works as a speech-language pathologist at 
Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. She is married 
and has two kids. She often sees John Murray, 
who lives and works in DC. • Chrissy Doyle 
Gemici moved from Mountain Lakes, NJ, to 
Dubai, UAE, in August 2009. Her husband, 
Alex, is with Deutsche Bank, and kids Grant, 
Jackie, and Natalie are attending the American 
School of Dubai. Chrissy says that if anyone is 
planning a visit to Dubai, to please let her 
know at • Kara Connell 
Thompson wrote to update me about the 
Farewell to MB's Vermont House Weekend. 
The attendees were hostess Mary Beth Welsh, 
Laura (Germak) and Steve Ksenak, Kara 
(Connell) and Mike Thompson, Mike '86 and 
Anne Marie (Suswal) Hannon, and Anne 
Boyd. I was actually invited to the party but 
stayed away for fear of being awakened at 
3 a.m. to go buy cigarettes. 


Correspondent: Andrea McGrath 

207 Commonwealth Avenue, #3 
Boston, MA 02108 

The first class notes in our 21st year — egads! I 
received a few updates this quarter (unfortu- 
nately none discussing the BC-BU hockey 
game at Fenway, which I missed!). Please keep 
them coming via my e-mail address (see 
above) or online at 
association/community.html. Our word limits 
are tough, so feel free to read the full updates 
online as well. • John Taylor (john.taylor.e 
@ recently accepted a position at 
the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Boston 
as senior accountant. Previously, he was a 
senior corporate accountant at American 
Dental Partners, Inc. John notes that he left 


ADPI knowing that he wanted to use his 
accounting and finance skills for a major orga- 
nization in the health-care space, and that he 
is "truly blessed to have joined the Clinton 
Foundation and, yeah, I met Bill...." • Anthony 
Varona. JD'92 (, 
was promoted to full professor of law, with 
tenure, at American University's Washington 
College of Law in Washington DC, where he 
also directs the SJD Program. • Tom McDevitt 
( is living in 
Traverse City, MI, with Amylynn, whom he 
married in July 2008, and son Jack, who was 
born in April 2009. Tom reports that married 
life and being a dad have been awesome! He 
has been in the Coast Guard for 18 years and 
flying search and rescue helicopters for 14 
years. He is currently the executive officer of 
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, where 
he plans to be until summer 2011. • Caroline 
Critchlow ( 
received her doctorate in education from the 
University of Rochester in May 2009. She is 
continuing in her role as an elementary school 
principal, which she has held for the past eight 
years. She is also teaching a graduate course at 
Nazareth College in Rochester. • Fr. Martin 
Connor (, who is 
working with a lay group called Regnum 
Christi, wrote in to send a shout-out to Derek 
Mimeles (, his room- 
mate senior year in the Mods, who is now a 
doctor in New Orleans. • Finally, as noted in 
our last column, classmate Ron Perryman has 
been battling ALS (also known as Lou 
Gehrig's disease) since his diagnosis almost 
four years ago. His teammates and friends 
have been organizing some great fundraising 
events in support of Ron and his family. I 
encourage you all to visit the website they have 
set up for Ron to learn more and see how you 
can help at: http://www.4als.0rg/. 


Correspondent: Kara Corso Nelson 

6j Sea Island 

Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-647-9200 

On September 8, 2007, Claire McGrath and 
Gary Phillips were married in Philadelphia. 
Claire has been working as a neuropsychologist 
at a rehabilitation hospital in Philly, where 
Gary works as an occupational therapist. The 
beautiful outdoor ceremony was officiated 
by Laura Shubilla and attended by Laura's 
husband, Brian Johnson, and many other BC 
friends from the Class of 1990. They included 
Janna and Fran Forte: Catherine and Bob 
Mascioli: Gretchen Zima and her husband, 
Daniel Castillo; Ted and Kimberly (Clark) 
Yarbrough; Pete and Sara (Cyr) Alai; Dyan 
Furey and her husband, Patrick Bastian; and 
Tim and Martha (McLaughlin) Thompson. 
Also attending were Michael and Sandra 
(Shubilla) Moumoutjis '94 with their two 
daughters, Zoe (3) and Ana (1); Bill and Barbara 
Redmond PhD'98; and Claire's sister, Tara 
McGrath '95, with her husband, Doug Hatch. 
• Fran Forte's family closed out 2009 with a 
bang when Massimo Michael Forte arrived 
eight days early! Massimo was born on 
December 31 at Bryn Mawr (PA) Hospital. 
It's nice to see that Massimo already has his 

family's financial interests in mind and 
arrived in time to claim himself as a tax deduc- 
tion — with a few hours to spare! • Michael 
Baroni recently took a new position as general 
counsel of Palace Entertainment, an operator 
of theme parks, water parks, and family enter- 
tainment centers (www.palaceentertainment 
.com). • Heather Terrell, author of The Map 
Thief arid. The Chrysalis, recently published a 
new book, Brigid ofKildare (Ballantine, 2010). 
The novel weaves the historic tale of Ireland's 
Saint Brigid with a contemporary thread 
involving an appraiser of medieval relics. 
Heather graduated from BC magna cum 
laude, focusing on art history. 


Correspondent: Peggy Morin Bruno 
2 High Hill Road 
Canton, CT 06019 

Happy spring, everyone! I hope this finds you 
all doing well and ready for a wonderful sum- 
mer ahead! Remember to send in news of the 
happenings in your lives. I look forward to 
hearing from you! Start planning now — next 
year at this time we'll be celebrating our 20th 
reunion! • Diane Chubb and Lynne Ober have 

(12), are growing up fast! Katie and Declan will 
be celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary. 
(She thanks junior year abroad in Cork for 
this!) Last year, Katie, Jenny Marowski, Karen 
Dunn, and their families enjoyed spending 
part of their summer vacation together on 
Squam Lake. They have decided they haven't 
grown up at all, even though they are now 
twice as old as when they met! Katie also keeps 
in close contact with Rebecca Marshall, who is 
now in Keene, NH, working on a counseling 
internship and doing amazing work! 


Correspondent: Paul L Cantello 
3J Sylvester Avenue 
Hawthorne, NJ 07506 

Craig McCall is principal of his firm McCall 
& Associates in Chicago, which advises senior 
managers and business owners on the 
selection, placement, and development of 
talent. Craig is a corporate and licensed 
psychologist, having earned a doctorate in 
psychology from the Illinois School of Profes- 
sional Psychology, Chicago. He has also taught 
at Loyola University and the Lake Forest 
Graduate School of Management. Craig is a 

After 14 years as an English teacher, Katie Carney 
O'Connell resigned her position to open Dragonfly 
Yoga Barn, a studio and retreat center based at her 
home in New Hampshire. 

published a new book, Hudson: Historically 
Speaking (The History Press, 2009). Diane, 
who lives in Pelham, NH, is a trustee of the 
Pelham Public Library and a former reporter 
for the Pelham -Windham News. She holds a JD 
degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. 
• John Eddy is now VP of sales and marketing 
for Nashua-based IntelliSoft Group, a supplier 
of health-care software. John was previously 
senior VP of corporate sales for the Americas 
at Kaspersky Lab. • At Mount Hope High 
School last November, in front of an enthusi- 
astic audience that included cheering students 
and teachers, Rhode Island Governor Donald 
Carcieri and Education Commissioner Debo- 
rah Gist presented Assistant Principal Jaime 
Crowley, MA'96, with the Milken Family 
Foundation 2009 Milken Educator Award! 
Congratulations, Jaime! • In January, Mitchell 
Carroll was elected partner at Bingham 
McCutchen LLP, where he is a member of the 
energy and project finance group. Prior to 
joining the firm, he was senior counsel at 
Calpine Corporation, an independent power 
production company. • After 14 years as an 
English teacher, Katie Carney O'Connell resigned 
her position to open Dragonfly Yoga Barn, a 
studio and retreat center based at her home in 
North Sandwich, NH. Katie teaches weekly 
yoga classes, hosts workshops and kirtans, and 
runs weekend retreats in the mountains. Just 
over a year old, the business is doing very well. 
Check it out at 
Her children, Finnian (14) and Bridie Rose 

member of the Illinois Psychological Associa- 
tion and a Registered Corporate Coach. 
• Mary Lynne (Moynihan) Wilson of Worcester, 
formerly of Shrewsbury, died on December 
28, 2009, in Rose Monahan Hospice Resi- 
dence surrounded by her family after a 
three-year battle with a rare form of cancer. 
MaryTynne leaves her husband of 14 years, 
James Wilson, and two children; her parents 
Jane (Carrigan) and Daniel Moynihan Jr., 
MSW'66; and two siblings. Mary Lynne 
worked in the marketing departments of 
Federated Department Stores in Connecticut 
and Allmerica Financial Life Insurance, 
Worcester. Our thoughts and prayers are with 
her family and friends. • Don't be shy about 
sending in your updates! What's new with 
you in 2010? 


Correspondent: Sandy Chen Dekoschak 

2043 Hawley Road 
Ashfield, MA 01330 

In February, Angie (Bengzon) Hazard joined 
Waltham-based Mzinga, a social software and 
services company, as VP of talent. She is 
responsible for driving the company's strategic 
and operational human resources initiatives, 
including talent acquisition, employee perfor- 
mance, organizational effectiveness, and com- 


pensation and benefit programs. • Julie Finora 
McAfee passed her CTP (Certified Treasury Pro- 
fessional) exam and then the next week, found 
out that she was a President's Club winner at 
Bank of the West, where she is a VP and 
senior cash management consultant. • Patrick 
S. Nolan, a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, 
was named in Wisconsin Super Lawyers maga- 
zine as one of the top attorneys in Wisconsin 
for 2009. • Last July, Michael Carlotti was 
named VP of investor relations and capital 
markets by Bally Technologies, a leader in slots, 
video machines, casino management systems, 
and networked solutions for the global gaming 
industry. • In November, Setti Warren was 
elected mayor of Newton. The former UGBC 
president has worked as special assistant in 
the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs for 
President Clinton, New England director of 
FEMA, and deputy state director for Senator 
John Kerry. Read more at www.settiwarren 
.com. • In August, Thomas R. Burton III, JD'96, 
a partner in the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, 
Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC, was named 
to the 2009 list of "40 under 40" emerging 
business leaders in the greater Boston area by 
Boston Business Journal. • On December 17, 2009, 
Adam and Alyson Bagley Stewart welcomed 
twin girls, Lauren Elizabeth and Emma Alyson. 
The family is in the process of moving from 
South Boston to the suburbs. Alyson is an 
associate with Ropes & Gray, and Adam is an 
associate with Shapiro Haber & Urmy. 


Correspondent: Nancy E. Drane 

226 E. Nelson Avenue 

Alexandria, VA 22301; 703-548-2396 

Happy spring, everyone. I don't know about 
all of you, but after a record-setting winter, we 
here in Washington DC are definitely ready 
for some warm weather. Please take a few 
minutes to send me a note about what you're 
up to! Everyone would love to hear it! • Liza 
Makowski Hayes has accepted a tenure track 
faculty position in the Department of Nutrition 
at UNC-Chapel Hill's Gillings School of 
Global Public Health. She lives in Chapel Hill 
with husband Neil and their two sons. • Jackson 
National Life Insurance Company, based in 
Lansing, MI, has promoted Susan Rhee to 

senior VP and general counsel of its sub- 
sidiary JNAM and Jackson Fund Services, a 
division of JNAM that provides fund accounting 
and administration services. Susan earned her 
law degree from Pace University School of Law 
in 1997 and was admitted to the New York 
Bar in 1998. She holds a Michigan corporate 
license. • Business Wire recently promoted 
Morrissey Perfetti, MBA'oi, to group VP for 
Western United States. • In October 2009, 
Jason Tomasulo joined Cohen Seglias Pallas 
Greenhall & Furman as senior counsel resident 
in the Philadelphia office. He will focus his 
practice on construction law and government 
contracts. Previously, Jason served as general 
counsel for Keating Building Corporation, a 
general building contractor in the Mid-Atlantic 
region. Jason earned his JD from George 
Washington University Law School in 1997. 


Correspondent: Enrico Jay Verzosa 

Le Moyne College 
Panasci Chapel 
1419 Salt Springs Road 
Syracuse, NY 13214 

Warren and Maura (Winson) Mann are 

proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, 
Derek Hunter, on March 16, 2009. In true 
Irish spirit, Derek decided to arrive a few 
weeks early — just in time to celebrate St. 
Patrick's Day! The Manns reside in Woburn. 
• Christopher Morrison, JD'oi, has been named 
a shareholder at the law firm of Hanify & 
King, where he concentrates his practice on 
business and intellectual property litigation. 
Chris is active at BC Law School, serving on 
the Law Day Committee and on the Leader- 
ship Committee for the Boston Chapter of the 
Alumni Association, and he is a trustee at 
Massachusetts Bay Community College. Chris 
lives in Medfield. • Jonathan Michael Cullen 
has published his first novel, The Ranks ofjody 
Brae, a mystery set against the backdrop of 
1964 Boston. Jonathan grew up in Boston 
and, after earning a degree in English litera- 
ture at BC, he taught in Ireland. He has also 
lived in Mexico, worked as a prison librarian, 
and spent time in Kenya. Jonathan now 
lives in West Roxbury with wife Heidi and 
daughter Maeve (2). 

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Correspondent: Mike Hofman 

517 E. 13th Street, No. 20 

New York, NY 10009; 212-673-3065 

In January, Mary Weldon joined the Summit 
(NJ) Area YMCA branch board of advisors. 
Mary, who is VP of advance trading strategies 
for LEK Securities, also participates at the 
Summit Playhouse Association and is a vested 
member of the Screen Actors Guild. She 
resides in Summit with her husband and 
their three children. 


Correspondent: Sabrina Bracco McCarthy 

464 Westminster Road 
Rockville Centre, NY 11570 

Andrew and Linda (Song) Wendel are very 
happy to announce the birth of their first 
child, a son, Ryan Jae, born on April 22, 
2009, in London. They are going on their 
fourth year living in the United Kingdom, 
where Andrew is working as executive 
director in fixed income at Morgan Stanley, 
and Linda started the new year with a new 
job as director of the Burberry Foundation. 
• Brian Merges and his wife, Julie, welcomed 
their second child, Conor Charlie, on May 23, 
2009. Big sister Abby is excited about her 
new little brother and is looking forward to 
the summer after a rigorous first year at 
preschool. Brian was recently made partner 
at the Pasadena, CA, law firm of Sabaitis 
O'Callaghan, LLP. The Merges family lives in 
the Westwood neighborhood of Los 
Angeles. • Dustin B. Rawlin was named to 
the partnership of the global law firm of 
Jones Day. Based in the firm's Cleveland 
office, Dustin practices in the firm's trial 
practice group and focuses on product 
liability, business tort, and commercial 
litigation. • Larry and Joyce (Acacio) Masek, 
MA'98, welcomed their second child, Mark 
Lawrence, on July 3, 2009. He joins big 
sister Maria (3). • In April 2009, Kevin 
Mitchell married Laurie Coppola (a UConn 
alumna) in Newport, RI. Many BC people 
were in attendance, including groomsmen 
Spiros Giannaros, Keith Vivona, and Brian 
Matteson. Last year, the couple also bought 
and renovated an 1895 Victorian home and 
moved from Boston to Newton. Now only two 
miles from the BC campus, they've hosted 
a few pre-tailgate parties. 


Correspondent: Mistie P. Lucht 

1281 N. Dayton Street 
Chicago, IL 60614 

On September 1, 2009, TerRance and 
Suzanne (Carroll) Woodard welcomed 
their second son, Julian Alexander Woodard. 
Big brother Tyler is enjoying the new 
addition. Suzanne continues her work as 


a psychologist in private practice, while 
TerRance recently joined the Miami office 
of the national law firm Jackson Lewis LLP, 
representing companies in labor and 
employment litigation. • Jim and Janice 
(Kelly) Savage welcomed a baby girl, Norah 
Kelly Savage, on September 30, 2009. 
The Savages reside in Dumont. NJ. • On May 
30. 2009. Ryan Quinn married Jaclyn 
Adams in Newport, RI. Ryan Sfreddo, Tom 
Felago, Mike King, and Ted Norberg were 
in the wedding party. The couple spent 
their honeymoon in the Maldives. Ryan is 
working at Cantor Fitzgerald, and he and 
Jaclyn are living in Boston's Back Bay. 
• Jayson and Elena (Manzelli) DeAngelis, 
MSW'02, had their second daughter, 
Chloe Rose, on October 22, 2009. She was 
welcomed by big sister Julia (3). • Aimee 
McGuire. MBA'02, has joined Nativity 
Preparatory School as director of advance- 
ment. Aimee served as the associate director 
for athletic development at Boston College 
for almost n years, during which time 
BC Athletics increased its fundraising from 
S3. 6 million per year to $21 million per 
year. • In May 2009, Greg Stepka purchased 
his own dental practice, Stepka Family 
Dental. And on December 3, he and his 
wife, Joanna, welcomed into the world 
their first child — and future Eagle, it is 
hoped — Jackson Douglas Stepka. • Matthew 
McGonagle. an adult psychiatrist, has 
opened his own practice in Wellesley. After 
BC, Matthew earned his MD from Loyola 
University Chicago's Stritch School of 
Medicine. He completed his internship/ 
residency at Tufts Medical Center, where he 
was chief resident of emergency and 
outpatient services. He also completed 
professional training in hypnosis, mind-body 
medicine, and spirituality in health care. 
Matthew recently served as the medical 
director of outpatient psychiatry and addic- 
tion services at Mount Auburn Hospital. 
He has received three Excellence in Teaching 
Awards for his work with students at 
Tufts Medical Center. The foundation of 
Matthew's clinical practice is rooted in the 
biopsychosocial model of medicine that 
believes a biological understanding of a 
patient's illness is essential, but also 
acknowledges that psychological, social, and 
spiritual factors have profound effects on 
health and wellness. 

Kieran Jordan '96 


Correspondent: Matt Colleran 
Correspondent: Emily Wildfire 

Hello, fellow members of the Class of '99. 
We hope you all had a great winter and 
are enjoying the spring. We don't have many 
updates for you this time around but hope you 
all keep them coming as new and exciting 
things happen in your lives. Here are the few 
we have. • Michelle (Mokaba) and Jay Lovejoy, 
JD/MBA'04, welcomed their first child, 
Cole Edward, on June 15, 2009. They currently 
live in Brookline. • Andrew and Jennifer 
(Mikucki) Julie also welcomed their first 
child, Stacey Christine, in June. They live in 


When Kieran Jordan '96 
slipped on her first pair of 
Irish step shoes at the age of 
five, she never envisioned a dancing 
career — it was only years later at 26 
that she decided to make the profes- 
sional leap. "So I left my job and just 
dove in," she says. 

Now appearing regularly at dance 
festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, 
Jordan won a 2008 Artist Fellowship 
from the Massachusetts Cultural 
Council and cofounded the studio, 
Boston Percussive Dance. She also 
serves as the dance director of Boston's 
annual "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn" 
performance, and this March embarked 
on her "Irish Heartbeat Tour" of 
Germany as a solo dancer. 

Jordan's craft was, in part, 
influenced by her time at Boston 
College, where she was co-president of 

the Irish Society and continued to perfect her Irish dance. "I went to BC with the Irish 
Studies Program in mind," she says, "and the music programs in particular were very 
influential." She eventually spent a year abroad at University College Cork in Ireland, 
where she immersed herself in Irish music and dance. "It was a life-changing experience 
that was closely linked to BC," says Jordan. 

Below, Jordan provides more insights on her life and BC: 

Irish step dancer Kieran Jordan thrills crowds 
throughout the United States and Europe. 


Performing in venues that I used to visit 
as a child. 


My marriage to my husband, Vincent. 


My Arts and Sciences Honors Program 
course with Fr. Howard. He gave us 
the true Jesuit experience — a passionate 
curiosity for life and a love of learning in 
the liberal arts. We used to leave the class 
in Gasson and head over to Lyons Hall for 
breakfast, continuing our debates about 
the Iliad or St. Augustine. 


To continue to grow in my dance. 


Study at Bapst Library — both inside 
and outside on the lawn. 


Many changes! I was an English major 
at BC, and I assumed I would follow a 
career path in journalism or academics. 


The A&S Honors Program and the 
Irish Studies Program. 


I try to listen to the "still small voice 
within" and let that guide my work. 


Bapst Library or St. Mary's Chapel. I also 
love the basement of McElroy. I produced 
my own Irish music radio program at 
WZBC, so I spent a lot of early Sunday 
mornings there. 


Have one day per month of silence for 
reading, meditation, and contemplation. 

for more q&a with kieran jordan, visit 


Toronto, where Jen works in marketing for 
Labatt Breweries of Canada. • Mary Alex 
Dundics married Jake Blanton on September 
19, 2009, in Annapolis, MD. BC alumni in 
attendance were Moira Boyle Anderson, 
Timothy Curry, Angela (Demeter) Schauffler, 
Catherine Tucker, Melissa Gainor Sosnowky, 
Cassie (Martin) Waller, and Michelle and Jay 
Lovejoy. • Please keep in touch and keep the 
updates coming. 


Correspondent: Kate Pescatore 

63 Carolina Trail 
Marshfield, MA 02050 

Hello, Class of 2000 members! As always, 
I have some wonderful news to share with 
you. • In November 2009, Danielle Porcelli 
Bianchi, JD'03, accepted a position as the 
assistant to the associate general counsel in 
the Department of the Navy's Office of the 
General Counsel. • In January, Jared Leland 
was named a partner in the firm of Keevican 
Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC. Jared also 
hosts a bi-weekly radio show in the 
Pittsburgh area called Jared Leland Live: 
"From the Red Carpet." • Robb Moriarty 
recently married Eileen E. Connors of 
Woburn. Eileen and Robb are both assistant 
district attorneys for the Cape and the Islands 
and live in Centerville. • Erica Cashman 
married Matthew Shevlin in Coral Gables, 
FL, in April 2009. Erica is a partner at Hori- 
zon Partners in Boston. The couple live in 
Brooklyn. • In June, 2009, Liz Lane married 
Gavin Parks in Darien, CT. Liz and Gavin 
both work in New York City and live on the 
Upper East Side. • Kelly Corigliano and 
Ethan Yeh were married on August 29 at the 
Fairmont Hotel in Washington DC. • Chris 
and Maggie Gould Franklin, MEd'oi, wel- 
comed a son, Henry Christopher, on August 
25. He joins his two-year-old sister, Libby. 
The family resides in Short Hills, NJ. 

• Matthew and Megan (McCabe) Welch 
welcomed their first child, Christopher, in 
September 2009. The family continues to 
live in the Boston area. • Nick and Liz 
(Shevlin) Seita also welcomed their first 
child, James Edward, on October 11 in New 
York City. The Seitas reside in Darien, CT, 
and Liz works at LOreal USA. • Jason and 
Erin Nicholson Maloney, and their spn 
Aidan, announce the birth of Liam Nichol- 
son on October 23. • Tim and Sarah Geyer 
Howell welcomed their first child, Alexis Vic- 
toria Howell, on December 1. Currently, the 
family is residing in Louisville, KY Sarah is 
the chief of dermatology at 
Fort Knox, and Tim is a senior manager in 
Ernst & Young's Advisory Services practice. 

• Dan '97 and Ashley (Miller) Kalosieh 
announce the birth of their son, Evan 
Gregory, on December 4. Evan joins big 
sister Elizabeth at their Connecticut home. 

• Elizabeth and Rick Kenney welcomed 
their first child, Cecil Andrew Kenney, on 
December 31. • Keep the wonderful news and 
updates coming! • Editor's note: Jeff Finley is 
not a partner with Stephen M. Ferretti Inc., as 
was reported in our last issue. Our apologies to 
Jeff; we regret the error. 


Correspondent: Erin Mary Ackerman 

16 Brightwood Avenue 
North Andover, MA 01845 

At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver this 
past February, Brooks Orpik was member 
of the U.S. Hockey team that took home the 
silver medal, coming in second only to the 
Canadians. A native of East Amherst, NY, 
Brooks played three seasons for Boston 
College and was a member of the team that 
won the 2001 NCAA Hockey Championship. 
He currently plays for the NHL's Stanley Cup 
champion Pittsburgh Penguins. • Mathew and 
Erin (Turick) Gooch are proud to announce 
the birth of a baby boy, Wyatt Thomas, on 
December 31, 2009, in Albany, GA. He joins 
big brother Peyton (1). 


Correspondent: Suzanne Harte 

42 8th Street, Apt. 1102 

Charlestown, MA 02ug; 617-596-5486 

Congratulations to Lauren Ziobro, MEd'03, 
and Thomas McDonald, who were married at 
St. Ignatius of Loyola on August 16, 2008. The 
wedding party included best man Robert 
McDonald '98 and groomsmen Carlos Canto 
MBA' 08 and Gregory Reilly. Other alumni in 
attendance were Nathaniel Gori, Tsuyoshi 
Yano, William Jarry MBA'o5, Patty Burden '73, 
Kathleen (Stout) Jenney MEd'69, and Albert 
Kunberger '73. The couple reside in Natick. 
• Margaret Felice's most recent operatic 
appearance was in the Boston Opera Collabo- 
rative's July 2009 production of Carmen. Of 
her performance, the Boston Musical Intelli- 
gencer wrote, "Margaret Felice, with her 
drop-dead beautiful voice, was ideal as Micaela." 
Margaret's 2008-2009 season included 
Haydn's The Creation at Concord University in 
West Virginia, where she appeared as a guest 
soprano soloist, and Gianni Schicchi with the 
Boston Opera Collaborative, as La Ciesca. She 
was a semifmalist in the Peter Elvins Vocal 
Competition, a finalist in the Little Italy 
Soprano Competition in New York City, and 
the winner of the Best Diction award at 
Stelle dell'Anno Nuovo, sponsored by the 
Italian Consul General-Boston. Her complete 
performance schedule is available at • Meaghan Flaherty, 
MA'07, and John Dupuis were married on 
December 31, 2008. A Mass was held at 
St. Ann's Parish in Dorchester. The reception 
and New Year's Eve celebration was held at 
the Westin Hotel. Over 30 members of the 
Class of 2002 were in attendance. The couple 
honeymooned for two weeks in Tanzania 
and Zanzibar. 


Correspondent: ToniAnn Kruse 

43 Jane Street, Apt. 3R 

New York, NY 10014; 201-317-2205 

Kevin Swatt, MS'04, recently accepted a 
position at Watkins Meegan LLC as a supervi- 
sor in the government contracting group in 
Vienna, VA. He resides in Arlington. • Ryan 
and Leah (Murphy) Scarafile were married 
on May 30, 2009, in St. John's Chapel in 
Geneva, NY A reception followed at Ventosa 
Vineyards. In attendance were Claire Julian 
and Lisa Mokaba. The Scarafiles reside in 
Baltimore. • Kathleen Ceglarski and James 
Burns were married on July 25, 2009, in 
Rhinebeck, NY. The wedding party included 
Andrew Burns '05, Matthew Burns '07, 
John Burns '11, Molly Ceglarski '09, William 
Ceglarski '11, Kevin Connors, Nolan Kelly, 
Kathleen Martin, Kalyn Melidossian, Ken- 
neth Nolan, and Claire Piantidosi. Guests 
included grandfather of the bride, Len 
Ceglarski '51; parents of the groom, David 
Burns '72 and Laura Hines MEd'oi; Paul '79 
and Eileen (Tully) Ceglarski '79; and Tim 
Ceglarski '87. Also in attendance were class- 
mates Adam Combies, Michael Coppens, 
Lauren Coppola, Shannon Corcoran, Colleen 
Costigan, Robert Creedon, William Creedon, 
Elizabeth Fodera, Edward and Lauren 
(O'Neil) Goff, Christopher Levkulich, Patrick 
McKiernan, James O'Sullivan, Lauren 
Sabonis, James Salois, and Sigrid (Bango) 
and Timothy Spiegel. • Alissa Chang married 
Andrew Bain on August 9, 2009, in 
Chatham, NJ. The reception was held at 
Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. BC 
alumni in the bridal party included Kristen 
Renzulli, Jonathan '00 and Amy (Dubrule) 
Chang '00, and Elizabeth Cafiero. BC alumni 
in attendance included Mark Bushee, Erin 
Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Lally, Kaitlin Mara, 
Christine Negri, Kadan (Swift) Sample, Gina 
Yianopoulos, Meghan (Mahoney) Scancarella 
'87, and Patricia (Bickimer) Guthlein '75, 
JD'82. Alissa 

graduated from Villanova University School 
of Law in 2007 and is an associate at 
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter 
LLP in Morristown. Andrew, a Seton Hall 
School of Law alumnus, is clerking in the 
Superior Court of New Jersey. • In October, 
Daniel O'Mullane was ordained a deacon in 
St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and in June, he 
will be ordained a priest in Paterson, NJ. 

• Frank Sweeney, MS'89, was in touch with 
Roy, MEd'04, and Jillian (DeGuiseppe) Lee, 
MEd'04, who welcomed twins, Samara Joy 
and Eliana Marie, on November 25, 2009. 
The Lees live in Sayville, NY. • Garrett and 
Sarah (Sedlock) Call are proud to announce 
the birth of their son, Graham Henry, on 
December 21, 2009, in Newport News, VA. 

• Matthew and Shirley (Galarza) Epstein 
welcomed a baby girl, Isabel Laura, on 
October 1, 2009, at Stamford Hospital. 

• In January, R. Victoria "Vicky" Fuller, 
JD'06, joined Sherin and Lodgen LLP as 
a litigation associate. • In February, the 
Student Advisory Board of the Council for 
Women of Boston College hosted An Evening 
with Mary Tomer, author of Mrs. O: The Face 
of Fashion Democracy. Mary is the founder 
and contributing editor of, a Web 
site that showcases the fashion styles of First 
Lady Michelle Obama. Mary also presented 
at the council's fall meeting in New York City. 

• In March, David and Donna Peary organized 
a fundraiser to establish the Jason Peary 
Scholarship at Boston College High School in 


honor of their son. Jason, a BC High alumnus, 
passed away in 2008 of an undiagnosed heart 
condition. For more information, visit their 
Web site, www. 

Genevieve Thiers '00 


Correspondent: Alexandra "Allie" Weiskopf 


Brian Choquette married Michelle Adeszko 
in California on August 15, 2009. Classmates 
in attendance included Emily (D'Amour) 
and Chris Pardo, Kevin Lamb, Chris 
Williams, and Tim MA'05 and Christine 
(Burns) Williamson. Brian and Michelle live 
in San Jose, CA. Brian is a pharmaceutical 
sales representative and Michelle is a dental 
sales representative. • Jessica Seaver married 
Adam Thompson, MS'05, on May 9 at St. 
Ignatius. Alumni in the wedding party 
included Emilie (Winterton) Schlit, Andrew 
Malachowski MS'05, Jarnes Ensign MS'05, 
Patrick MAT' 07 and Amy (Morrow) Grucela, 
and David Franzosa '92. The couple live in 
the Back Bay; Jessica works at Brigham and 
Women's Hospital, and Adam works for 
Boston Private Bank & Trust Company. 
• Courtney Shea finished a judicial clerkship 
for the Superior Court of Connecticut last 
year and has joined Barron & Stadfeld, P.C. 
in Boston as an associate attorney. 



Correspondent: Joe Bowden 

g$ Harvest Lane 

Bridgewater, MA 02324; 508-807-0048 

Michael Laveson professed first vows of 
poverty, chastity, and obedience to God before 
Fr. Provincial Patrick J. Lee, SJ, during a spe- 
cial Mass at St. Ignatius Parish in Portland, 
OR. Michael is now a Jesuit and a Scholastic 
and will spend the next two or three years in 
First Studies, studying philosophy, culture, 
and the history of ideas. Michael worked for 
LArche in Tacoma for two years before joining 
the Society of Jesus. He is studying philoso- 
phy at St. Louis University. • In October 2009, 
Matthew LaLone joined the law firm of Couch 
White LLP as an associate in the commercial 
transactions and commercial litigation prac- 
tice area group. Matthew is a graduate of the 
University of Connecticut School of Law. • Jay 
Resha is living in Westwood and working in 
Avon at his family's textile business, and he 
and his wife recently welcomed a second child 
to the family! • Erin Tobin, MA'06, and 
Christopher Kim '02 were married by Donald 
A. MacMillan, SJ, on October 24, 2009, at 
Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus. 
Members of the bridal party included Brigid 
Tobin '97; Katie Tobin '99; Kristy Orr; Megan 
Donnelly; Aristea Kakounis '04, MEd'05; 
Scott Turi '01; Jay Lee '03; and Andrew 
Friedman '03. The newlyweds currently live in 
Los Angeles, where Erin is working as a busi- 
ness manager for Morgan Samuels, a retained 
executive search firm, and Chris is production 
coordinator for Lifetime Entertainment. • Lau- 
ren Dalrymple and Ryan Wade have updated 


For someone who babysat more than 
2,500 times, Genevieve Thiers '00 
knows a lot about care and nurturing 
— of businesses. Thiers is founder and 
CEO of Chicago-based, a 
multimillion-dollar online service that links 
babysitters and parents nationwide. 

The idea for her business originated in 
her dorm room, when Thiers saw a mother- 
to-be struggling up stairs to distribute 
flyers advertising her babysitting needs. 
Launched in 2001, is now an 
Inc. 500 company, and Thiers recently 
established a new business incubator to help 
other women create their own startups — a 
nod to the help she received from the 
Chicago Women's Business Development 
Center, which helped her venture blossom. 
"Many women don't realize that the 
troublesome issues facing them every day are opportunities for big business," she 
says. "Every time there is an inconvenience for someone, there is an opportunity for 
someone else. Anything can be your golden ticket — you just have to see it." 

Below, Thiers shares some additional thoughts on her success: 

Genevieve Thiers connects babysitters and 
parents through her company 


Being named Small Business Adminis- 
tration Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 
2006. It was a wonderful weekend in 
Washington, D.C., that culminated with 
a speech by the president. 


I've managed to become a professional 
opera singer as well as an entrepreneur. 
I recentiy sang live on WFMT in 
Chicago, and I've done many local 
operas and concerts. 


Singing the part of Lily in The Secret Garden 
in Robsham Theater. 


A TV show, another company, Broadway, 
Shakespeare . . . whoever would have me. 


Go abroad for junior year. 


For me, managing the real world is much 
easier than managing college. College 
often seemed overwhelming, but when I 
got out, things were more like, "That's it? 
You just create something people want, 
and they buy it from you? Awesome." 


I was a National Merit Scholar, so that was 
part of it, but I also really liked the music 
department. It's hard not to fall in love 
with Gasson Hall, too. 


If I figure that out, I'll probably try to 
monetize it, so stay tuned to see what 
future companies I create. 


Robsham Theater. Every time I visit, 
the smells bring me back to when I 
performed there. 


Probably give everyone a day off. 

But that's all I dream about these days — 

free time. 



their venture,, with a completely 
new format and new designs. • Blair E. Kanis 
joined the litigation practice group at Kutak 
Rock LLP as an associate. She will be repre- 
senting national commercial clients as plain- 
tiffs and defendants in general civil litigation. 


Correspondent: Cristina Conciatori / 845-624-1204 
Correspondent: Tina Corea / 973-224-3863 

Bridget Doherty, MS '07, had been working in 
audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago 
until she started her own business, 3rd Coast 
Concierge. Largely inspired by the busy 
public accounting lifestyle, 3CC offers per- 
sonal concierge services to individuals lacking 
to-do list time. The business is growing and 
succeeding already. Bridget appreciates all the 
advice, expertise, and support of her BC 
friends. Special thanks to roommates Katie 
Cisto and Sara Weiner, who volunteered logos 
and artwork. Also unending gratitude to 
boyfriend Andy Perkins, MS '07, who always 
comes to 3CCS rescue (and hooks up crazy 
laptop/TV contraptions so Bridget never 
misses a game!). Check out Bridget's website:! • Marine Corps 
1st Lt. Christopher W. Bergman was recently 
designated a naval aviator while serving with 
Training Squadron 22, Naval Air Station, in 
Kingsville, TX. Christopher was presented 
with the coveted Wings of Gold, marking the 
culmination of months of flight training. He 
followed a training curriculum that included 
basic studies in engineering and navigation, 
training flights in simulators, aircraft 
familiarizations, basic and advanced instru- 
ment training, extended navigation flights, 
and landings and takeoffs aboard an aircraft 
carrier. • Be sure to send Cristina Conciatori 
( an e-mail to 
let us know what you are up to, so we can 
share it with the rest of our class. We now have 
a BC06 Facebook group to help us stay con- 
nected. E-mail Cristina for a Facebook invite! 
• We hope to hear from all of you soon! 


Correspondent: Lauren Faherty 

11 Elm Street 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-6608 

Shannon Keating, MEd'09, and Joseph 
Kwiatek '08 were married on October 10, 
2009, on Cape Cod. (Read details in the col- 
umn for the Class of 2008 below.) • Tristan 
Smith, a copywriter at Google Creative Lab, 
wrote "Parisian love," deemed one of the top 
ads aired during this year's Super Bowl. 
View the ad on YouTube: 
watch?v=nnsSUqgkDwU. • In January, Melissa 
Koski was promoted to senior account execu- 
tive at public relations firm Edward Howard. 
Melissa is also a cofounder of the Cleveland 
Social Media Club and an instructor on social 
media at Cuyahoga Community College. • 
Andres Navia has founded a company called 
BAGSBACK, based in Miami Beach. Andres 

writes, "We sell Colombian handbags called 
mochilas, and for every bag purchased, we give 
a mochila to a child in need. Our donation bag 
is called 'a bag full of dreams,' because we fill 
it up with school supplies, a musical instru- 
ment, and a toy before giving it away. We do 
this through an affiliated group of volunteers 
called BACKERS." View Andres's profile at He'd 
love to hear your thoughts. • Last summer, 
Andrew Buttaro was one of four leaders of the 
Bike and Build's Central U.S. ride that began 
in Virginia Beach, VA, in May and concluded 
in Cannon Beach, OR, at the end of July, help- 
ing Habitat for Humanity along the way. A 
group of 30 riders participated in the 3,865- 
mile trip across the United States. 


Correspondent: Maura Tierney 
92 Revere Street, Apt. 3 
Boston, MA 02114 

Hi there, Class of 2008! • February saw a great 
turnout of '08 alumni at BC events. Many 
Boston and New York classmates attended the 
second annual Boston Winter Ball at the 
Fairmont Copley on February 20, a fun night 
of dancing and cocktails to raise money for 
BC financial aid. Several 'o8ers also came out 
for the first "Take Back Mary Ann's" 
fundraiser night at our old BC standby, an 
event that was a huge success. Alumni feasted 
on Pino's pizza, played some great music, and 
won fun prizes, including a BC snuggie. 
• Congratulations to Joseph Kwiatek and 
Shannon Keating '07, MEd'09, wrl ° were married 
on October 10 on Cape Cod. The bridal party 
included maid of honor Maureen O'Dea '07 
and bridesmaids Catherine Noblitt Keating '03, 
MEd'05; Mary Christine Kwiatek Dion '05, 
MEd'06; and Joan Kwiatek '12. Best man was 
Peter Kwiatek '10, and groomsmen were Daniel 
Dion '03, Joseph Keating '03, and Sean Mac- 
Donald. • Jonathan Carmine and Sarah Milonas 
were married on November 28 in Red Bank, NJ. 
There were many BC alumni celebrating and 
dancing to the BC fight song at the reception. 


Correspondent: Timothy Bates 

277 Hamilton Avenue 
Massapequa, NY 11758 

At BC, working toward a master's degree are 
Amanda Goldfine in philosophy and Erin 
Donovan in the School of Education. Bryana 
McGillycuddy is in her first year at BC Law. 
• In Boston, Evan Speece is an associate at 
Wealth, Tax, and Advisory Services; Anthony 
Bova is a paralegal for Tentindo Kendall 
Canniff & Keefe; Katie Dadarria is a project 
coordinator at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 
and Brian Heavey is a financial analyst at State 
Street. • In New York City, Showna Beaulieu is 
a nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer 
Center, and Rachel Weinstein is a nurse on the 
neuro-ICU at Columbia Presbyterian Hospi- 
tal. Leslie Monchin is in the NYU accelerated 
nursing program, Alison Briglia is a graduate 

student in speech pathology at Columbia 
University, and Dan McGillivray is a literary 
agent assistant at Foundry Literary + Media. 

• In Chicago, Alexandra Dezell is an RN on a 
pediatric neurosurgical/endocrinology unit 
at Children's Memorial Hospital. • Lauren 
Wiedmeier is the coordinator of community 
relations and fan development with the NHL 
Los Angeles Kings. Cristina Hancock is an 
athletic compliance intern for the Athletic 
Department at Missouri Southern State 
University in Joplin, MO. • Fred Alcober is an 
assistant content manager at Crispin Porter & 
Bogusky in Boulder, CO. Alexander Gerrish is 
a project control associate at Computer 
Sciences Corporation in Baltimore. Steve 
Isom is an analyst at TD Securities in 
Houston. • Kristen Hysell is working with the 
Jesuit Volunteer Corps in St. Louis, and Betsy 
Fountain is with the Alliance for Catholic Edu- 
cation, teaching second grade in Pascagoula, 
MS. • Hannah Ames and Chris Denice are in 
the financial management program at GE 
Energy in Atlanta and Houston, respectively. 

• Kristen Kelly is an associate at AmeriCares 
on the Latin America and Caribbean partner- 
ships team, currently working on relief in Haiti 
following the devastating earthquake there. 


Correspondent: Jane T. Crimlisk '74 

37 Leominster Road 

Dedham, MA 02026; 781-326-0290 

Carlo Cautilli '98 and his wife, Jacqueline, 
welcomed their second child, Alessandra 
Bella, into the world on October 27, 2009. 
Alessandra joins her two-year-old brother, 
Christian. The Cautillis reside in Medway. 
Carlo is a vice president at Salrex, where he 
has been employed for seven years. Congratu- 
lations, Carlo and Jacqueline, on the birth of 
your second child and good luck, Carlo in your 
new position! • Brian O'Keefe '09 reports that 
he plans to graduate in May 2010 with an MS 
in administrative studies. Congratulations, 
Brian, on your accomplishments. • Prayers and 
late condolences are extended to the family of 
Russell Gannon '82, who died in August 2009. 


Fulton Hall, Room 315 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

In January, Justin Testa, MBA'8o, was 
named president of Onset Computer 
Corporation, a supplier of data loggers. 

• Last fall, John Rieger, MBA'86, joined 
the OPEL Solar team of OPEL International 
Inc. as director of regional sales, responsible 
for business development and sales in 
the United States and Canada. John holds a 
BS in electrical engineering from West 
Michigan University. • In January, Stephen 
Friedman, MBA'87, was named senior VP at 
Regents Bank's North County office in Carls- 
bad, CA. • Lee B. Oliphant, MBA'88, was named 
president of MIB Group in February. Lee, 
who joined MIB in 1999 as CFO, was also 
designated to succeed the current CEO upon 


his retirement later this year. Lee is a CPA 
and holds a BS in business administration 
from Lehigh University. * In March, 
Kevin Smith. MBA' 8 9. was named group 
VP, Spotlight Integrated Media Sales, at 
Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales 
division of Comcast Cable. He is based in 
Philadelphia. Kevin is a graduate of the 
Kellogg School at Northwestern University. 

• Ross Sealfon, MBA'05, has joined the 
investment team of Longroad Asset Manage- 
ment of Stamford, CT. • Douglas }. Rose, 
MBA'99, has joined Tully Rinckey PLLC 
as a partner. He will focus on complex 
commercial litigation; real estate, zoning, and 
land use litigation; and commercial and con- 
sumer bankruptcy. Douglas received his JD 
from the University of Miami School of Law. 
Prior to his legal career, he served in the U.S. 
Coast Guard, where he achieved the rank 
of lieutenant (junior grade) as a deck watch 
officer deployed primarily in the Caribbean. 

Cashing Hall. Room 201 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

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VOICE, the Connell School's magazine. Please 
forward all submissions to the above address. 


McGuinn Hall, Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3265 

Joseph H. Strain, MA'49, associate dean 
emeritus of Suffolk University, has been 
recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for 
his leadership and excellence in teaching, 
academic administration, and advocacy. 
Joseph holds an EdD from Harvard University 
and an AB in history from Suffolk University. 

• Carol (Gautieri) O'Rourke, MA'68, writes, 
"After a 23-year career at Smith Barney, I am 
now executive director of the Coalition for 
Debtor Education, a nonprofit with a mission 
to teach financial education. We are located 
at Fordham Law School, at Lincoln Center 
in New York City, and welcome any BC grads 
and their family members to join our 
volunteer corps." • On January 26, Janet 
Eisner, SND, MA'69, H'05, was a guest on 
the CatholicTV talk show This Is the Day. Sr. 
Janet is president of Emmanuel College in 
Boston, having served in this position since 
1979. An alumna of Emmanuel College, she 
holds a PhD in English from the University of 
Michigan in addition to her master's from BC. 

• This past March, Bruce Croffy, MS '72, 
PhD'76, was named senior VP and chief 
medical officer of Blue Cross of Idaho. After 
graduating from Tufts University School of 
Medicine, Bruce practiced internal medicine 
and gastroenterology in Salem for 15 years. 
He later served as national medical director 
at OptumHealth Inc. and as chief medical 
officer for HCC Life Insurance Company. 

• Several years ago, Michelle Cadorette, 
MA'94, an American studies teacher at Bow 
High School in New Hampshire, established 
a fund at Mass. General Hospital for research 

on malignant thymoma, a rare form of cancer 
that she has been battling for the past decade. 
Students and staff at the high school have 
organized road races to raise funds for this 
cause, and this past October, Michelle and 
no of her supporters raised $5,200 during 
the seventh annual Purple Ribbon 5K 
Run. We wish Michelle the best as she 
continues her brave fight against this disease. 
• Robert Erlewine, MA'oi, an assistant 
professor of religion at Illinois Wesleyan 
University, published a new book, Monotheism 
and Tolerance: Recovering a Religion of 
Reason (Indiana University Press, 2010). 
Robert holds a doctorate in religious 
studies from Rice University, where he 
received a research fellowship at the Boniuk 
Center for the Study and Advancement of 
Religious Tolerance. 

McGuinn Hall, Room 123 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Michelle Butman, MSW'07, will be honored 
with the "2010 Greatest Contribution 
by a Social Worker with Five Years or 
Less Experience" award by NASW. Michelle 
has worked since 2007 as a program 
coordinator at Transition Resources and 
Community Supports (TRACS), a program 
of South Shore Mental Health. • Priscilla 
Riley, MSW'64, died on November 3, 
2009. A professor emeriti of Simmons 
College, she is survived by her husband, 
Don Riley, MSW'63, and children Caitlin 
and Justin. 


Vicki Sanders 
885 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 0245c) 

Class Notes for Law School alumni are 
published in the BC Law Magazine. Please 
forward all submissions to Vicki Sanders at 
the above address. 


Director of Alumni Relations 
Campion Hall, Room 106 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Ed Klein, MEd'64, shone in the Senior 
Games Florida State Championships held 
in December 2009 at Florida Gulf Coast 
University in Fort Myers: he won two 
gold medals in tennis — in singles and men's 
doubles — in his age bracket, 70-74, and he 
did it without losing a set! Then in March in 
Tampa, his team won the USTA Florida 
State Men's Doubles Championship. Ed and 
wife Susan live in Clearwater. Ed is a former 
dean of men at Georgetown University and 
also served as financial aid administrator 
at its School of Medicine. • William J. Brooks, 
MEd'69, died on January 16 in the West 

Indies while traveling with his family. 
A former priest and high-school teacher in 
South Florida, Bill was later general manager 
of WPTV and a VP of Scripps Howard 
Broadcasting. He also served on the boards 
of many nonprofits and as a member of the 
Palm Beach Town Council. He is survived 
by his wife, Martha, and a brother. • In 
March, Maria Luisa Wilson-Portuondo, 
MEd'73, received the 2010 John A. Dinneen, 
SJ, Hispanic Alumni Community Service 
Award, presented by the Archbishop Oscar 
A. Romero Scholarship Committee of 
Boston College. Maria Luisa has spent her 
career working as an educator and an 
advocate for bilingual children with special 
education needs. She is currently an 
education consultant at Decision Analytics, 
Inc., where she designs and delivers 
professional development programs with a 
focus on culturally and linguistically diverse 
students and special education. • Last spring, 
Robbie Tourse, PhD'90, received the NASW 
Lifetime Achievement Award. Robbie was an 
administrator and a faculty member at 
BC's Graduate School of Social Work. She 
served in various roles in the GSSW Field 
Office, finally as director of field education. 
• In January, Chris Maher, MA'92, became 
CEO of eBureau, a provider of predictive 
scoring and information services for online 
advertisers in St. Cloud, MN. • Darrell 
Lockwood, DEd'95, has been selected as the 
new superintendant of the Masonomet 
Regional School District, which serves 
students from Boxford, Middleton, and 
Topsfield, MA. Darrell, who is currently 
superintendant of the Tyngsborough Public 
Schools, previously led the Goffstown, 
Dunbarton, and New Boston school districts 
in New Hampshire, where he also served as 
a school principal and as a school business 
administrator. He will begin his new job in 
July. • In March, James Forest, PhD'98, gave 
testimony to a Senate Armed Services 
Committee hearing on U.S. government 
efforts to combat violent extremism. James 
is director of terrorism studies at the 
Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. 
Military Academy, West Point. • Merrill 
Lynch wealth management adviser Carl 
Cafaro, MA'99, was recently recognized 
in On Wall Street's "40 Under 40" list, 
consisting of a select group of advisers across 
the 50 states who were designated by their 
firm as having the most assets under 
management. Carl lives in Brookline with 
his wife, Kira, and their three children. He 
is an active member of the community, 
where he coaches youth soccer and baseball 
and serves as treasurer on the PTO at 
Kehillath Israel Nursery School. 


School of Theology & Ministry 

140 Commonwealth Ave. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-5800 

Class Notes are published in Called to 
Serve, the School of Theology & Ministry's 
magazine. Please forward submissions of 
50 words or less, including school, degree, 
and graduation year, to the address above. 



William R. Anderson '37 of 

Newport, VT, on January 25, 2010. 

Gertrude G. Collins, MEd'39, of 
Melrose on September 22, 2008. 

Francis L Curran '33 of Manchester, 
NH, on January 19, 2010. 

Victor H. Galvani, JD'37, of 
Framingham on March 20, 2010. 

John T. O'Neill '38 of New Bern, 
NC, on January 11, 2010. 

Robert B. Russell '37, MA'39, of 
Cambridge on February 18, 2010. 

Paul Scanlon '39 of Melbourne, 
FL, on July 5, 2009. 
William H. Scannell Jr. 38 of 
Barrington, RI, on March 1, 2010. 
Joseph F. Tuscher '39 of South 
Dennis on March 7, 2008. 

Harry W. Vozella, Esq., 39 of 
Franklin on February 13, 2010. 


Louis F. Alfano '43 of Melrose on 
February 14, 2010. 

John F. Andrews '42 of Lynn on 
January 20, 2010. 

Dorothy B. Baker, MSW46, 
H'79, of Holyoke on February 
16, 2010. 

Leo J. Brogan, Esq., '40 of Silver 
Spring, MD, on February 13, 2010. 

John J. Burggraf '40 of Warwick, 
NY, on November 21, 2009. 

Gerard C. Carroll '44 of Spring- 
field, VA, on August 25, 2008. 

John J. Carusone '43, MSSW48, 
of Walnut Creek, CA, on December 
12, 2009. 

David J. Cavan '42 of West Boylston 
on January 9, 2010. 

John J. Colahan '41 of Needham 
on March 23, 2010. 

Joseph N. Coleman '49 of 

Nashville, TN, on March 3, 2009. 

James P. Costello '48 of Hingham 
on March 1, 2010. 

Edward D. Cowhig '41 of Scituate 
on January 6, 2010. 

Francis A. DAmbrosio 42 of 
Concord on January 11, 2010. 

Stanley J. Dmohowski '45 of 

Framingham on February 22, 2010. 

Michael F. Farina '45 of Washing- 
ton DC on February 10, 2010. 

Walter D. Fitzgerald '44 of West 
Roxbury on March 18, 2010. 

Francis L. Gallagher '44 of Fram- 
ingham on January 28, 2010. 

Ernest J. Handy, Esq., '42, JD'49, 
of South Walpole on January 
8, 2010. 

Joseph P. Harrington '41 of 

Maiden on January 1, 2010. 

Arthur J. Hassett Jr. '40 of 

Duxbury on January 21, 2010. 

Patrick J. Herlihy '43 of San Fran- 
cisco, CA, on December 23, 2009. 

Winifred H. Higgins, MA47, of San 
Diego, CA, on October 22, 2009. 

John E. Kane '43 of Exeter, NH, 
on January 5, 2010. 

Paul J. Livingston '42 of Millbrae, 
CA, on February 25, 2010. 

James P. Lynch Jr., LLB'49, of 
Natick, formerly of Wellesley, on 
February 25, 2010. 

Charles V. McGuerty '48 of 

Wo burn on March 9, 2010. 

Edward J. Moloney, Esq., '43, 
JD'48, of Lowell on March 18, 2010. 

John J. Ring '43 of Milford on 
December 29, 2009. 

John F. Stokes '49 of Newbury- 
port on January 23, 2009. 

Joseph A. Sullivan WCAS'43 of 
South Yarmouth, formerly of 
Cambridge, on July 23, 2008. 

Joseph F. Szlosek WCAS'45 of 
Whitinsville on February 20, 2010. 

Mabel L. Waggett, MEd'47, of 
Falmouth on January 23, 2010. 


Joan Costello Barbary NC'55 of 
Scituate on February 6, 2010. 

Mary Ann Morley Bernhard NC'57 
of Andover on January 21, 2010. 

William F. Blake '51 of Mont- 
gomery, NJ, on February 12, 2010. 

Robert L. Bogan '53 of Northridge, 
CA, on September 2, 2009. 

Raymond A. Boulanger, SM, 

MA'57, of Framingham on Febru- 
ary 12, 2010. 
William M. Bucelewicz '57 of 

Allston on February 25, 2010. 

Edmund F. Bunyon Jr. '58, 
MBA'65, of Belmont on Decem- 
ber 30, 2009. 

Thomas V. Byrne '57 of Hudson, 
formerly of Stowe, on January 
25, 2010. 

Edmund J. Cardoni '54 of Norwood 
on May n, 2008. 

Alan L. Cataldo '52 of East Boston 
on March 10, 2009. 

Raymond J. Collins Jr. '53 of 

Niskayuna, NY, on January 13, 2010. 

James J. Davis '51 of West Hartford, 
CT, on January 22, 2010. 

Virginia Y. Dayton NC'54 of 
Paradise Valley, AZ, on February 
23, 2010. 

Willard L. Declue '51 of Edgewater, 
FL, on March 9, 2010. 

Robert L. DiSchino '50, MEd'6o, 
of Wellesley on December 20, 2009. 

Robert D. Donehey '58 of Need- 
ham on February 13, 2010. 

John J. Donovan '55 of Quincy on 
March 23, 2010. 

Judith Scannell Donovan NC'57, 
MSW59, of Harwich, formerly of 
Andover, on February 7, 2010. 

John L. Dwyer Jr. '50 of Corona 
del Mar, CA, on December 1, 

James A. Elbery '51 of Newton on 
March 10, 2010. 

John R. Fitzpatrick '56 of Natick 
on January 30, 2010. 

William J. Flanagan '54 of Win- 
chester on March 22, 2010. 

Paul F. Folan '58 of Norwood on 
March 5, 2010. 

Daniel F. Foley '50 of Fresno, CA, 
on March 1, 2010. 

Daniel M. Foley '55 of West Rox- 
bury on March 15, 2010. 

William P. Franzese, Esq., '50 of 
Winthrop on February 10, 2010. 

Eugene F. Fredey '53 of Needham 
on February 7, 2010. 

John P. Frost '51 of East Bridgewater 
on January 2, 2010. 

Francis M. Gallagher, MSW58, of 
Leominster on January 29, 2010. 

Robert H. Gallagher '50 of 

Waltham on January 28, 2010. 

James J. Gallery '51 of Palm Har- 
bor, FL, on December 20, 2009. 

Daniel J. Gilmartin, MEd'56, of 
Framingham on October 8, 2009. 

Francis P. Greaney '52 of Mon- 
treal, Quebec, on January 19, 2010. 

Barry W. Grennan, Esq., '54 of 
Jupiter, FL, on February 25, 2010. 

Joseph M. Hanley '51 of Norwood 
on January 26, 2010. 

Richard F. Harding '50 of Fairfax, 
VA, on December 24, 2009. 

Therese Higgins, CSJ, MA'57, 
H'93, of Brighton on February 21, 

Robert L. Hillyard, Esq., '57 of St. 
Augustine, FL, on January 1, 2010. 

John E. Kearney '51 of Halifax on 
February 22, 2010. 

Margaret A. Keohane 53 of Brock- 
ton of September 13, 2008. 

Robert R. Koch WCAS'59 of St. 
Petersburg, FL, on January 2, 2008. 

Roland C. Korb '50 of North 
Andover on February 16, 2010. 

Patricia A. Lambert, CSJ, MA55, 
of Framingham on February 
7, 2010. 
Charlene Crosby Leggett '58 

of Waterville, ME, on January 
9, 2010. 

Robert G. Lenox '51 of Stoneham, 
formerly of Medford, on January 
9, 2010. 

Joseph M. Maguire Sr. '52 of 

Mattapan on December 24, 2009. 

John F. McAteer '50 of Burling- 
ton, VT, on March 8, 2010. 

Mary Hanley McCall, STL'54, 
WCAS'72, MEd'73, of Raleigh, 
NC, on December 23, 2009. 

George P. McCormick '52 of 

Peabody on January 15, 2010. 

Mary M. McDonnell, MA'50, of 
Shrewsbury on March 13, 2010. 

Paul F. McKeown, Esq., JD'55, of 
Silver Spring, MD, on January 
21, 2010. 

Martin J. McLaughlin '58 of Little- 
town on January 21, 2010. 

John F. McLellan '55 of Bridge- 
water on March 16, 2010. 

Edward B. McRae '51 of Everett on 
December 23, 2009. 

Charles R. Melchin '57 of Abing- 
ton on January 3, 2010. 
Vincent R. Moran '51 of Sacra- 
mento, CA, on March 8, 2010. 

Grace Anne Mullen '54 of South 
Weymouth on January 5, 2010. 

Edmund J. Naddaff '58 of 

Burlington on February 2, 2010. 

Oscar A. Nietzel '51 of Walpole on 
January 11, 2010. 

Robert W. O'Brien, MA'54, of 
Newton on March 15, 2010. 

Richard M. Regan, JD'56, of 
Hingham on December 22, 2009. 

Robert E. Salisbury Jr. '57 of South 
Hadley on January 5, 2010. 

Rudolph J. Satlak, WCAS'56, of 
Arlington on March 17, 2010. 

Richard R. Shuman '52 of Jack- 
son, FL, on December 6, 2009. 

James L. Smith '58 of Waldwick, 
NJ, on December 31, 2009. 

Joan T Smith, MEd'53, of Fram- 
ingham, formerly of Milford, on 
January 9, 2010. 

John G. Spanbauer Jr. '51 of 

Wilmington, DE, on February 1, 


Michael T. Sullivan, LLB'51, of 

South Weymouth on January 31, 2010. 

John Tramonti, Esq., JD'52, of 
Tiverton, RI, on February 25, 2010. 

August C. Van Couyghen, Esq., 
JD'53, of Narragansett, RI, on 
January 16, 2010. 
Gerard F. Weidmann '50 of 

Quincy on February 6, 2010. 

Donald J. Wenger '51, MA'52, of 
Bloomfield, MI, on January 31, 

Francis J. Whalen '52 of Jamaica 
Plain on January 15, 2010. 


Maurice J. Whalen '57 of McLean, 
VA, on December 28, 2009. 

Marie Carmel White. SND, 
MA'55, of Ipswich on March 
17, 2010. 


Raymond L. Anstiss. MBA'64, of 
Chelmsford on February 22, 2010. 

Donald J. Armstrong '60 of Marl- 
borough on February 25. 2010. 

Margaret A. Barbrick '65, MEd'71, 
of Danvers on October 15, 2008. 

Joan Bejgrowicz '66 of Adams on 
January 6, 2010. 

Ronald F. Brinkmann '60 of 

South Weymouth on January 4, 

William J. Brooks, MEd'69, of 
Palm Beach. FL, on January 
16, 2010. 

Donald J. Burke '60, MEd '65, of 
Newton on January 11, 2010. 

Lawrence A. Burke, SJ. STL'65, of 
Kingston, Jamaica, on January 
24, 2010. 

Robert J. Collins '60 of Menlo 
Park, CA, on March 23, 2010. 

Gerald Cook '66 of Melrose and 
West Harwich on January 16, 2010. 

Richard R. Cote, MSW'66, of Old 
Town, ME, on February 12, 2010. 

John P. Coury '64 of Vienna, VA, 
on December 20, 2009. 

Julie A. Clapper Crane. MEd'65, 
of New York, NY, on January 
4. 2010. 

Jeffrey A. Daury '64 of Pittsfield 
on December 17, 2009. 

Auriel Dell '69 of Boston on 
January 3, 2010. 

Grace McGillivray Dunn '60 of 

Chelmsford on March 17, 2010. 

Stephanie J. Eckert NC'63 of 
Charleston, SC, on August 15, 

Elaine J. Elenewski '68 of 

Lawrenceville, NJ, on January 28, 

Frederick G. Feely Jr. '66 of 

Chelmsford on January 25, 2010. 

John N. Eraser, Esq., MEd'67, of 
Watertown on February 28, 2010. 

Margaret A. Gilmartin, MEd'69, 
of New Canaan, CT, on January 
6, 2010. 

James W Hackett WCAS'69 of 

Tequesta, FL, on October 8, 2008. 

William J. Hurley '69 of Walpole 
on January 28, 2010. 

Robert T. Kleinknecht '67 of 

Naples, FL, on February 13, 2010. 

Margaret Burns Ludeke NC'69 
of Cincinnati, OH, on January 
12, 2009. 

John M. Marinofsky '63 of Fram- 
ingham on March 14, 2010. 

Josephine A. Mastrangelo Eagan 

'62 of Detroit, MI, on February 
1, 2010. 

Elizabeth H. McCool '63 of 

Woonsocket, RI, on January 28, 

John D. McMahon Jr. '66 of 

Palmetto. FL. and Old Saybrook, 
CT, on January 29, 2010. 

Maureen Moriarty NC'64 of 
Sarasota, FL, on October 20, 

James E. Muldoon '65 of 

Penascola, FL, on May 17, 2009. 

Louise L. Demers Noble NC'68, 
MEd'8o. of Duxbury on January 
11, 2010. 

Donald T. O'Connor, Esq., JD'66, 
of Pittsburgh, PA, on February 

6, 2008. 

Kevin G. O'Neil '60 of Ogunquit, 
ME, on January 30, 2010. 

Joseph G. Passaggio WCAS'68 of 
Hanover on February 20, 2010. 

Paul C. Powell '69 of Maiden on 
February 4, 2010. 

Paul W. Prescott, CAES'68, 
DEd'74, of Scituate on January 

7, 2010. 

Edwina I. Robinson, MEd'68, 
CAES'71, of Quincy on January 
25, 2010. 

Arthur E. Shea '66 of Boston on 
December 29, 2009. 

Edward J. Small, SJ, '63, 
MDiv'70, of Stratford, CT, on 
January 18, 2010. 

Richard F. Sullivan, Esq., '63 of 
Shrewsbury on January 13, 2010. 

Barry J. Walker, Esq., JD'61, of 
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, on 
January 28, 2010. 

Margaret Doyle Wheelen '60 of 

Tampa, FL, on February 7, 2010. 

Kathleen Whitesides, MA'64, 
of Dover, NH, on December 
18, 2009. 

Americo A. Zerneri '60 of 

Hatfield on February 5, 2010. 


Mark S. Christian '78 of Belling- 
ham, WA, on January 1, 2010. 
Richard W. Coulter, MBA'76, of 
Shrewsbury on January 4, 2010. 
Ivadelle Bauer Debolt '75 of 
Titusville, FL, on August 16, 

Rita D. Dermody, SCNY, MEd'75, 
of Yonkers, NY, on October 
1, 2009. 

John J. Emmerich, MBA'70, 
of Needham on September 
22, 2009. 

Bruce Barrett Freedman, MBA'70, 
of Brooklyn, NY, on November 
14, 2008. 

Robert B. Hanron, JD'76, of Hull 
on March 11, 2010. 

Nancy Lee Harkness, MSW'78, of 
Sandwich on February 28, 2010. 

Carl L. Hartley, MA'71, of Mans- 
field, MO, on December 31, 2009. 

Christopher C. Manning '78 

of Roslindale on March 26, 2010. 
William Joseph Maroon, MEd'76, 
of New Straitsville, OH, on 
January 30, 2009. 

Judith McConnell, MSP'77, of 
Watertown on January 23, 2010. 

Arthur D. McKey '70, MA'73, of 

Chevy Chase, MD, on September 
3, 2009. 

Neil Meisler, MSP'72, of Mount 
Pleasant, SC, on March 4, 2009. 

Paula Donahue Menhennitt 

'76, MEd'77, of Halfmoon, NY, 
on February 17, 2010. 

Joseph F. Pascale '77 of Newport 
Beach, CA, on November 23, 2009. 

Ray E. Sylvester Jr. '70 of Scituate 
on January 24, 2010. 

Donald P. Tonzi '71 of Camillus, 
NY, on December 18, 2009. 

John A. Van Lund Jr., MA'71, of 
Lenox on December 23, 2009. 


Sandra S. Allmond, MA'87, of 
Marietta, GA, on June 24, 2009. 

Fabian Bachrach Jr., MA'88, of 
West Newton on February 26, 2010. 

Kathleen A. Bedard '87 of 

Worcester on December 14, 2009. 

Kathleen Marie Bird, MEd'88, of 
Clinton on January 7, 2010. 

Tree Lafleur Borden, MSW'83, of 
Marblehead on March 11, 2010. 

Karen Lussier Contois '80 of 

South wick on February 27, 2010. 

Aileen B. Droege, MBA'8o. of 
Plymouth on January 25, 2010. 
John M. Gancer '81 of River 
Forest, IL, on February 28, 2010. 

Elizabeth Mairs WCAS'83 of 
Waltham on March 25, 2010. 

Jeffrey J. Montolio, MA'82, of 
Olathe, KS, on January 19, 2010. 

Maureen A. Muckian '82 of Lynn 
on January 6, 2010. 

Paul W. Nagle '86 of Evergreen, 
CO, on December 19, 2009. 

Brunilda Santos, JD'83, of Guayn- 
abo, PR, on March 4, 2010. 

Claire Marie Tosches, MEd'89, of 
Milford on January 23, 2010. 


Lisa G. Baker, NTE'96, of Maumee, 
OH, on December 20, 2009. 

Cynthia Byrd WCAS'92 of 
Middleton on February 8, 2010. 

Maura A. Halloran, MEd'94, of West 
Yarmouth on February 4, 2010. 

Mary Lynne Wilson '92 of 

Worcester on December 28, 2009. 


Derek J. Boc. Esq., '04, JD'07, of 
Boston on March 28, 2010. 

Editor's note: In the last issue 
of Boston College Magazine, we 
inadvertently listed William Gerard 
Stanton Jr. as deceased. Gerry would 
like all his friends to know that he is 
very much alive and well, living in 
Reston, VA. We apologize to Gerry; 
we regret the error. 


• James Francis McMorrow, of 
Lexington, carpenter from 1958 
to 1983, on March 5, 2010, at 
age 91. He is survived by his 
wife Anne, sons James and 
Gerry, and daughter Phyllis 

• Edward Norton, SVD, of Techny, 
Illinois, professor of education 
from 1967 to 1976, on December 
31, 2009, at age 90. 

• Stanley J. Dmohowski '45 of 
Framingham, professor of ac- 
counting from 1945 to 1996, 
on February 22, 2010, at age 
86. He is survived by his sons 
Stephen, Denis, Andrew, and 
Paul, and daughters Ann 
Forrestall, Mary F. Cappel, 
Kathy Manning, and Karen. 

• George Garnhum, of Canton, 
Boston College Police officer 
since 1989, on February 28, 
2010, at age 63. He is survived 
by his wife, Donna, and 
daughters Kelley Cooksey, Jill 
Wilson, and Dawn Alexander. 

• George Sagias, of Allston, 
mechanic in Facilities Services 
heating, ventilation, and air 
conditioning shop since 1974, 
on February 5, 2010, at age 
6i. He is survived by his 
daughter Stacy. 

The obituaiy section is compiled 
from national listings and notices 
from family members and fiends 
of alumni. The section includes only 
the deaths reported to us since the 
previous issue of Boston College 
Magazine. Please send information 
to: Office of University Advancement . 
More Hall 220. 140 Commonwealth 
Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 





At a time when many uni- 
versities have instituted 
faculty hiring freezes, Boston 
College continues to recruit 
new professors to the Heights, 
while ensuring it retains its 
most talented scholars. 

Up to ioo new faculty are 
expected to be added during the 
University's io-year Strategic Plan, 
and this investment — support- 
ed in part through the Light the 
World campaign — is one way 
BC aims to become a leader 
among American universities. 

"It would be difficult to 
overstate the importance of 
faculty excellence at Boston 
College," says Provost and 
Dean of Faculties Cutberto 
Garza. "Faculty dedication to 
undergraduate and graduate 
students, scholarly commit- 
ment to innovative research, 
and unwavering support of 
BC's mission as a Jesuit, 
Catholic university are all 


critical to the success of 
the University." 

Many new hires have already 
made their presence felt on 
campus, including Assistant 
Professor Sara Cordes, who 
joined the psychology depart- 
ment in September 2009 
after spending four years as 
a research associate at Duke 
University's Center for Cognitive 
Neuroscience. She chose BC, 
she says, because of its atten- 
tion to developing junior faculty 
and dedication to research 
support. "The faculty are stellar, 
and I think the University could 
have the top department in the 
country in the next 10 years," 
says Cordes, who recently won 
a prestigious Sloan Research 
Fellowship, which recognizes 
outstanding early career 
scientists, mathematicians, 
and economists. 

Cordes specializes in the 
cognitive development of 

» Boston College seeks to hire up to too new faculty 
members across the University with funding 
assistance from the Light the World campaign. 

» New faculty hires will enable BC to reduce its student- 
to-faculty ratio and increase the number of classes the 
University offers with fewer than 20 students. 

» Retaining talented faculty is a key priority — and 
increased funding will help BC expand research 
opportunities for professors and students alike. 

Make a difference at 

Assistant Professor of Psychology Sara Cordes provides students 
with opportunities to contribute to groundbreaking research in the 
University's new Infant and Child Cognition Lab. 

infants and children — specifically 
how they keep track of small 
and large quantities — which 
could help parents and teachers 
better target children's early 
learning abilities, leading to 
greater mathematic achieve- 
ment in the classroom. 

As part of her research, 
Cordes oversees BC's new 
Infant and Child Cognition 
Lab, which currently provides 
a dozen undergraduate and 
graduate students with the 
chance to participate in cutting- 
edge research. Funding these 
lands of opportunities through- 
out the University will enable 
BC to continue to attract the 
brightest students and help 
ensure that it recruits and 
retains outstanding faculty 
who might otherwise join 
competing institutions. 

The addition of new faculty 
will also allow Boston College 

to reduce its average class size 
and student-to-faculty ratio, cre- 
ating a more dynamic environ- 
ment where students can receive 
greater personal attention in 
their studies. 

The University currently 
has a solid student-to-faculty 
ratio of 13 to one, and 47 per- 
cent of all classes have fewer 
than 20 students. However, 
BC still lags many of its peers 
in these areas — for instance, 
both Brown and Duke have 
eight-to-one ratios, while 71 
percent of their classes com- 
prise 20 students or fewer. 

Says Garza, "Increasing size 
of the faculty at BC will ensure 
that we maintain our competitive 
edge against other institutions, 
foster a climate of intellectual 
curiosity and exchange, and en- 
hance the experience of our stu- 
dents both inside and outside 
the classroom." 




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_L Ministry's program- 
ming is more popular than ever 
among students, and today 
nearly 4,500 undergraduates 
annually participate in its many 
spiritual and service initiatives." 

With 14 ministers on staff, 
campus ministry plays a critical 
role in the University's Jesuit, 
Catholic mission and commit- 
ment to student formation — 
priorities that are central to the 
Light the World campaign. 

"Boston College integrates 
aspects of spirituality with stu- 
dents' academic experience, 
and that makes BC distinctive," 
says Director Fr. Anthony 

Penna '70, M.Div.'74, M.Ed. '75. 
"Our goal is to nurture the 
minds and hearts of students. 
It's the basis of cum personalis 
or 'care for the whole person.'" 

There is particular demand 
for ministry-sponsored commu- 
nity service projects and spiritu- 
al retreats. In fact, 80 percent 
of BC seniors performed some 
form of community service while 
at the Heights, and more than 
half participated in a retreat. 

One of the most popular 
retreats is Kairos, which follows 
an Ignatian model and invites 
students to "find God in all 
things and contemplate hope 
and forgiveness through 

prayer," according to Campus 
Minister Greg Carpinello, 
MA' 07, who manages the 
student-led program. 

More than 2,200 undergrad- 
uates apply for the 400 seats 
available during the 10 Kairos 
retreats held each year. "The 
retreats are used as a benchmark 
program for many colleges and 
high schools nationwide," says 
Carpinello, "and with ongoing 
support, we hope they will 
continue to benefit more 
BC students each year." 

Service groups such as 
Appalachia Volunteers, 4Boston, 
and the Arrupe International 
Program have also grown in 
the past decade and benefit 
from the direction provided by 
campus ministry. The programs 
expose students to social justice 

issues through volunteer and 
immersion trips to some of 
the world's most impoverished 
regions. These firsthand experi- 
ences, according to Penna, often 
serve as a catalyst for students' 
academic and vocational paths. 

Among other key duties, 
campus ministry also oversees 
more than 20 Masses each week, 
coordinates a thriving liturgy 
arts group, offers spiritual di- 
rection to students in need, and 
provides support to a number 
of diverse faith communities. 

"Throughout their under- 
graduate experience," says 
Penna, "campus ministry helps 
ensure that students recognize 
and develop their talents for 
the benefit of others." 


Julie Finora McAfee '93 


Walnut Creek, California 




Cash management consultant 


Cheering on BC sports 
teams with my roommates 

What did you enjoy most about your Boston College education? 
I appreciated all the opportunities that a liberal arts education offers. 
Like so many students, I benefited from the diversity of classes — and, 
in my case, I became a more well-rounded person because I was able 
to take women's studies courses and other electives while completing 
a major in finance. 

How do you stay connected to BC on the West Coast? 
Soon after I moved to the Bay Area, I started to volunteer with the 
Northern California Chapter and quickly found that being far away 
from BC geographically didn't have to mean losing touch. One great 
experience led to the next, and over the years I've served as a chapter 
co-leader and as a member of both the Alumni Association Board and 
the Council for Women of Boston College, through which I had the 
privilege to mentor a local BC student. 

Additionally, I've served on my class's Reunion Gift Committee and 
been a proud annual donor for a longtime. My levels of commitment 
and involvement have changed as my life has changed, but there is 
always a way to stay involved with BC. 

Why is being an annual donor important to you? 
I received financial aid as an undergraduate, and it is personally 
important to me that students who are accepted to the University 
can attend regardless of their economic situation. My giving to BC 
each year helps ensure that a new generation of students has the 
same opportunity to succeed as I did. 





By Dave Denison 

When the boss becomes Robin Hood 

Ten years ago, Boston College sociology professor Lisa 
Dodson set out to study the lives of America's working 
poor. She started conducting interviews with low-wage workers, 
and, to get another perspective, she sat down with the people they 
answered to on the job, mostly midlevel managers. 

Dodson expected to hear complaints from the managers — and 
she did. The workers led disorganized lives. They weren't punctual. 
They couldn't seem to balance child-care and full-time work. But in 
some cases, she found sympathy instead of judgment. Some bosses 
believed the demands their workers 
faced were impossible. They deserved 
better. And that's where the conversa- 
tions got interesting. 

A manager of a fast-food restaurant 
in the Midwest told Dodson: "Okay, I'll 
tell you that I add to their paychecks. I 
actually put them in for more hours, or 
what I can do more easily is put them 
in as working overtime and they get 
paid a higher rate. And sometimes I 
just pad them; that's all there is to it." 
Why? "I pad their paychecks because 
you can't live on what they make." 

During eight years of research, 
Dodson conducted studies in areas 
around Boston, New York City, 
Hartford, Milwaukee, and Denver, and 
also in Maine, working with teams of 
mainly graduate students, or on her 
own. In hundreds of interviews, she 
writes, she found "an array of secret 
and sometimes illicit ways people push 
against unfairness." In her recent book 
The Moral Underground: How Ordinary 

Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy (2009), she relates numerous 
examples of individual actions taken by supervisors who subvert 
workplace rules to help underpaid manual laborers, office workers, 
and others. 

Dodson tells of a floor manager at a New England retail store 
who expressed a common ambivalence: It's important, the man- 
ager said, to avoid knowing too much about the employees' lives. 
"You do that to keep it professional. But I think ... it is also how 
to keep it clean." Elaborating, the supervisor said, "It can get messy 
quickly if you start encouraging people to tell you what is going 
on, because they all have these problems." Asked how that was 
working out, the manager admitted, "I actually break my rules all 
the time." She told of an employee who was working two jobs 

but couldn't afford to buy her daughter a dress for her prom. The 
manager confessed that she diverted a dress from the store's sup- 
ply, explaining that sometimes "you just have to level the playing 
field a little." 

It turns out, Dodson reports, that a fair amount of "leveling" 
is going on. How much? Her studies don't take an econometric 
approach — and she clarifies in an addendum that her interview 
subjects were not randomly selected, as in public-opinion surveys. 
Rather, as is common in sociology, she sought a variety of demo- 
graphic groups and attached signifi- 
cance to patterns that began to appear 
with regularity. Her studies included 
not only low-wage workers and their 
bosses but also health care workers who 
treated patients of limited means, and 
daycare workers and teachers, who, she 
found, sometimes made special accom- 
modations for children from struggling 

Dodson does not omit from her 
analysis the views of employers who 
believe questions about "morality" and 
"solidarity" are irrelevant to how busi- 
ness works. As one manager told her, 
"this is not about going to church . . . this 
is business." She probed the feelings of 
another manager shortly after he fired 
a worker whose child-care difficulties 
made her late for work. "If she decides 
to have a child, then she needs to get her 
situation together enough to be respon- 
sible," the manager said. "I didn't ask 
her to have a child. Okay, you want a 
child, fine. You want to go have a child 
without a husband, fine, but if you take a job and you accept condi- 
tions of that job, then you have a responsibility to meet those." 

Concern about the effects of hard times on children runs 
through The Moral Underground, as well as Dodson's first book, 
Don't Call Us Out of Name (1998), which documented the lives of 
women and girls in poverty. Dodson has already begun interviews 
for her next book, which will probe the ways individuals in the bot- 
tom half of the economy balance work and family responsibilities. 

Dave Denison is a writer in the Boston area. 

"Disobedience," a One Question video interview with Lisa 
Dodson, can be seen at Full Story, 



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Grigsby, on set 

Our 'Hero' 

By Steve Oney 

Television writer Oliver Grigsby '04 

Oliver Grigsby sits in a director's chair 
at Hollywood's Sunset Gower Studios 
intently watching a video monitor with a 
group that includes the key, behind-the- 
scenes figures for any television show — the 
director and the director of photography. 
Just beyond some plywood walls is the set 
of the Burnt Toast Cafe, a grimy diner that 
figures often in the NBC science-fiction 
drama Heroes. The program features a 
large cast of characters who, although 
outwardly ordinary, possess extraordinary 
powers (one can regenerate body parts, 
another can fly). Grigsby is a staff writer 
for the show, and on this late November 
afternoon an episode of his titled "Pass/ 
Fail" is in its fourth day of production. 

The 28-year-old former English major 
is at home with Heroes' comic-book style, 
which features short bits of action occur- 
ring in multiple locales that come together 
in an overarching narrative. He completed 
the first draft of his 45-page script in 
October. When the show aired January 
18, it was the second episode to carry the 
credit "Written by Oliver Grigsby." 

Born in Great Britain and raised in 
Australia and Los Angeles, Grigsby is tall 
and amiable with a shock of dark hair and 
a show-biz pedigree (his father produces 
the ABC series Castle). He got his start in 

television just after graduation, as a gofer 
on NBC's American Dreams. He spent 
a year making coffee runs before landing 
a job as a writers' assistant (more coffee 
runs, but exclusively for the people ham- 
mering out the words) on Crossing Jordan, 
whose producer, Tim Kring, was also 
in the process of creating Heroes. "When 
NBC picked up Heroes," says Grigsby, 
"Tim asked me to come along as the script 
coordinator. My job was to proof every 
revision of every script." 

The show has completed its fourth 
season. Last year Grigsby earned his first 
credit, for an episode titled "Shades of 
Gray" — a freelance assignment he got 
on the strength of his script supervisory 
work. Now a full-fledged writer, he partici- 
pates in meetings with the producers and 
will contribute two episodes a year. 

Grigsby has also branched into new 
media. He has written 12 of the program's 
spin-off six-page, web-based graphic 
novels, and created two webisodes — one- 
and-a-half minute online installments 
that enlarge on plot points in the show. 
"I hung out in the computer lab in college," 
he says, "and I'm interested in the blend 
of technology and storytelling." 

Steve Oney is a Los Angeles-based writer. 

photograph: Thomas Michael Alleman 




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commitment to cura personalis or "care for the whole person." 

It nurtures and inspires. 

Just ask the students who joined together to share and 
reflect during one of many Kairos retreats this spring. Or the 
4,500 undergraduates who each year are actively involved in 
spiritual and service programs sponsored by the Office of 
Campus Ministry. 

Your support helps the University combine academic excel- 
lence with moral purpose, educating not only today's students, 
but also tomorrow's leaders.